Episode 45 – From the Chalkboard to the Real World: How MathHappens is Inspiring a Love of Math in Students

MathHappens is on a mission to show the world the wonders of math, in an interactive environment outside of the classroom. Since 2014 the educational charity has partnered with organizations from the Austin Nature & Science Center to Alamo Drafthouse. By demonstrating mathematical concepts with hands on exhibits, such as a human sundial, MathHappens has taken numbers off the chalkboard and presented them to people of all ages as physical tangible things.

In this episode of Everyday Superhumans Kyle & Charlie chat with Lauren Siegel, cofounder of MathHappens, and Josh Ransom, the exhibit coordinator of the Austin Nature & Science Center. Josh and Lauren share with the many exhibits MathHappens has contributed towards the center from measuring tools to demonstrate common proportions found in nature to a human sundial. The four also share their personal histories with math, and what inspired them to love science. Finally Lauren shares why it’s so important to have more than just a chalkboard if you want to inspire inspire people of all ages to love and appreciate math.

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Music in this episode:

Opening & Transition Themes Themes – Take a Chance Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Closing Theme – “Door to Door” by Alex Alan