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Abstract Title: Math and Making. Study of visitors exploring mathematics through knot tying, string art, tessellations, and minimal surface bubbles.
Abstract: The Math and Making poster describes an innovative workshop held at a local science museum in southern California, featuring four week-long maker activities designed for children grades K-8. Throughout the workshop, students were introduced to the behind-the-scenes mathematics of real-world experiences, such as concepts in geometry through string art and understanding surface area by creating bubbles. Student participation in these activities was through open exploration instead of a guided lesson, although facilitators were there to assist when needed. We examined how students interacted with the maker math activities, and the connection these activities had to the Eight Mathematical Practices established by the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. Preliminary results show how the math practices were present in the design and student uptake of the activities, providing insight into how to structure and implement math lessons that are interactive and relevant to children's everyday lives.
Abstract Type: Symposium Poster
Parallel Session: Museum-based physics education research through research-practice partnerships (RPPs)
Session Time: Parallel Sessions Cluster II
Room: Cascade C

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Alexis Spina
UCSB
Co-Author(s)
and Co-Presenter(s)
Javier Pulgar, Jasmine Nation