Seminars & Events
New this year, we’re thrilled to share MƒA Thursday Thinks, a monthly speaker series held (typically) on the first Thursday of each month. Thursday Thinks feature thought-provoking talks from STEM experts – including scientists, mathematicians, authors, journalists and educators – that are open to MƒA teachers, their colleagues, and their guests.
March 1 — Hands-On Puzzles with Dr. George Hart
Mechanical puzzles provide fun challenges that can involve assembly or disassembly, geometric arrangement, and logical and spatial thinking. They often require the solver to think "outside the box" and find creative solutions to problems that at first seem impossible. They can be wonderful ways to introduce students to the joy of struggling with a problem over time and then feeling the "Aha" of satisfaction that leads them to seek further challenges. Working with puzzles also helps develop the skill of perseverance, which can be transferred to many other domains. In this event, sculptor and mathematician George Hart will talk about some of his favorite puzzles that can be used in a classroom. This will be followed by a hands-on period in which participants can play with a collection of puzzles he brings and build some small puzzles to take home.
April 19 — The Story Collider
Since 2010, The Story Collider has been bringing true, personal stories about science to life both through their many live shows as well as their weekly podcast, and they’ve used what they’ve learned about science and stories to teach scientists to use narrative in their work. They believe that, now, more than ever, science is a part of everyone’s life. At this Thursday Think, you’ll hear from MƒA Master Teacher story tellers about all the times things went wrong, and occasionally right, in their labs, classrooms, and beyond. Some of the stories will be heartbreaking, others will be hilarious, but they will all be true and very personal. Welcome to the Story Collider!
- MƒA teachers should please register on the Small-World Network, other guests will be able to register in mid-March.