Outreach Offerings

MEGL Director of Outreach Speaking about Outreach at a Recent Activity

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You Can Count on Monsters

This activity is designed for grades 1 through 3 (this is somewhat flexible). The students learn about prime numbers, the “atoms” of the counting numbers. They arrange glass beads into rectangular arrays and then decompose them, while drawing a “number tree” to keep track of their work. When they’re finished they create paper plate Monsters that represent the prime number decomposition of their original number. Then they try to decode each others’ Monsters to figure out what numbers they represent.


Really BIG Numbers

This activity is designed for grades 4 through 6 (this is somewhat flexible). How big is REALLY big? How can we imagine numbers like a Googol, which has 100 zeros? What about numbers that make a Googol seem tiny? How far up do numbers go? This activity is designed for elementary school students. By stepping through different orders of magnitude, using hands-on activities along the way, students gain an intuition for the sheer magnitude of the real numbers.


Snowflake Symmetry

This activity is designed for grades 7 through 10 (this is somewhat flexible). Is there more to math than numbers? Can we "multiply" things that aren't numbers? How about the motions (or, symmetries) of a snowflake? What does a symmetry multiplication table look like, and what can it tell us about the motions a snowflake makes as it falls? How are snowflake symmetries the same as numbers? How are they different? In this activity students create their own paper snowflakes and experiment with them to explore these questions. Along the way we discover beauty hiding just beneath the surface, and find there is more to math than we thought!


Your Teachers are Lying to You

This activity is designed for grades 9 through 11 (this is somewhat flexible). The students learn what they’ve been taught in school isn’t necessarily the truth! They experience simple mathematical “facts” being turned on their heads by changing the context in which they appear. Through kinesthetic activities and manipulatives including balloons and special clocks, they see that 2+2 isn’t always 4, that triangles aren’t what they thought they were, that some squares have negative area, and that it is possible to divide by 0.


Hyperbolic Crochet

This activity is designed for anyone in 10th grade (this is somewhat flexible) to adult. We first teach participants about the "Cinderella" of geometry—the least appreciated and most beautiful. We then teach participants how to crochet so they can make their own exotic shapes in yarn.


Playground of the Infinite


Coming Soon: Follow-up lesson plans for all activities for interested teachers/students.

Coming Soon: Training for Geometry Labs and other interested mathematicians to reproduce MEGL outreach in your location.

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