Seeking out Math in Making Experiences

September 20, 2017

By Andee Rubin, Scott Pattison, and Tracey Wright— 2017. Dimensions, Vol 18, No. 6. Association of Science-Technology Centers Incorporated, Washington, DC.

Negative attitudes about mathematics and the poor performance of U.S. adults and students on measures of mathematical reasoning are well-documented problems that limit many people’s identities and career aspirations. At the same time, the last decade has seen a proliferation of out-of-school environments that foster making and tinkering activities. Enthusiastic participants in these activities are often engaging in mathematical reasoning without realizing it—and thus do not consider themselves competent mathematical thinkers.  » Read more

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September 12, 2017: Announcement

September 12, 2017

How to be a STEM Mentor interactive workshop, presented by Moms as Mentors, October 11, 2017, 6:30pm-8:00pm.

Math in the Making website officially launched

September 10, 2017

We are happy to announce that the Math in the Making website has been officially launched!  You can find it at:

The website includes videos and slides from the major presentations at the 2016 workshop, a short video with selections from the gallery walk, links to the pre- and post-conference online forums, a list of conference participants and our NSF Video Showcase Video. In addition, there are several written products: a summary of research on math in informal learning environments,  » Read more

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Lawrence O’Toole Teacher Leadership Awards Announced

September 6, 2017

Congratulations to Investigating STEM Literacies in Makerspaces teacher, Ashley Freeman! Ashley was named one of 12 New England teachers to win the Lawrence O’Toole Teacher Leadership Award, due to her focus on innovative student-centered learning.The awards honor public high school teachers across the region who are working to scale student-centered learning in their schools, districts and communities.  

More About Ashley FreemanMalden High School, Malden, MA

A physics and engineering teacher at Malden High School, Ashley encourages her students to participate in the school’s makerspace and developed a course called Creative Design and Engineering,  » Read more

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Families in the Boston Area Needed!

August 8, 2017

TERC, a nonprofit organization located in Cambridge, MA, is looking for families with at least one child, age 5 and up, who is deaf or hard of hearing and uses ASL for communication, to use a prototype signing glossary during a visit to a zoo. The glossary is being developed to enhance access to science learning for families such as yours. Admission and parking costs will be covered. Glossaries for use in other kinds of museums, such as nature centers,  » Read more

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