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 perseverence, 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.
George Hart is a mathematician and sculptor, whose work has been exhibited around the world. He holds a B.S. in Mathematics and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, both from MIT. Hart's research explores innovative ways to use computer technology in the design and fabrication of artwork. He is a research professor in the computer science department at Stony Brook University, a co-founder of the Museum of Mathematics, and is the author of the book Zome Geometry.
- Save the date — registration for this event will open in early February