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Join us for an evening filled with fun math activities, puzzles and problems. The highlight of the evening will be math sessions led by our special guests– Stephanie Englehaupt (Nueva), Steven Chanan (Synapse School, formerly at Nueva), Sam Vandervelde (Proof School) and Simon Rubinstein-Salzado (Euler's Circle). 

WHEN: Friday March 4th from 5pm - 7pm for PreK through 5th graders; 5:30 - 7:30pm for 6-11th graders
WHERE: Sign in front of the Library

Please sign up early as we have to limit the number of attendees due to parking restrictions on campus. Register by March 2nd to get the early registration rate of $8/student, $10/student afterwards online and $12 at the door (subject to availability). It's free for adults to attend. Food will be available for purchase.

Parents are invited to participate with their children in Math Circle and are asked to supervise their Lower School students. Math Circle is open to the public, so invite your friends.

For more information, please visit 
http://www.nuevaschool.org/outreach/math-circles

Nancy

P.S. You are welcome to forward this to others who might find it of interest.
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Celebration of Mind 

A gathering for people of all ages 
who find enjoyment in recreational mathematics
Sunday, November 1, 3:00 - 5:30 PM
Cubberley Auditorium, Stanford
Free and open to the public

This event is part of a global celebration held to honor the legacy of recreational mathematician Martin Gardner, a renowned author of popular mathematics, and this year marks the 101st anniversary of his birth.  
Short Talks

Gary Antonick  — The Aha! Moment around the World
Scott Kim and Karl Schaffer  — Clapping Games
Serhiy Grabarchuk: — Three New Puzzles
Scott Vorthmann: — Rhombofoam in Zome
Jordan Gold: — Magic Show

There will be activities in the lobby following the talks.


Noted for making mathematics accessible to general audiences, Gardner was known for works from a column in Scientific American to the classic Lewis Carroll reference The Annotated Alice. Even those who don’t recognize his name will be familiar with ideas he helped popularize, from the work of M.C. Escher to flexagons and a method to determine the day of the week on a particular date. 

Sponsored by Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies

Organizers: Stan Isaacs and Rick Sommer
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About Celebration of Mind

The Celebration of Mind uses puzzles, games, and magic to delight, instruct, and bring people together in a spirit of fun, both at annual gatherings and as a year-round repository of resources. As Martin Gardner said, you can learn more when you’re in a state of entrancement, and that’s our guiding principle. At Celebration of Mind events all over the world, participants share the legacy and interests of this prolific, accessible American writer who, over a 50-year period, introduced general audiences to many fascinating topics in mathematics and science. In the process, we continue to create and collect resources that inspire new generations to explore a wide range of intellectual pursuits, and their intersections. For more about Celebration of Mind, visit http://www.celebrationofmind.org/.

I invite you to two Celebration of Mind events. 

The Celebration of Mind in Berkeley is from 11 am - 3 pm on Saturday, October 31 at MSRI. msri.org/general_events/21539

MSRI
17 Gauss Way
Berkeley, CA 94720
(510) 642-0143

The Celebration of Mind at Stanford is from 3 - 5:30 pm on Sunday, November 1 at Cubberley Auditorium. celebrationofmind.org/wordpress_site/?events=stanford-university-celebration-of-mind

Cubberley Auditorium (Education Building)
485 LASUEN MALL
Stanford

Cubberley Auditorium is located just off the main Quad, in the School of Education, next to the clock tower at the intersection Escondido Mall and Lasuen Mall. Parking is free on campus after 4pm. Park either on the main Oval, or the Memorial Lot just north of the Memorial Hall on Memorial Way, or South of the campus union at Mayfield Ave. For a map, visit web.stanford.edu/dept/HPS/CubberleyDirections.html.

I hope to see you at one or both events.

Nancy Blachman
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For decades, Coca Cola and other big soda companies have spent billions of dollars trying to convince Americans and citizens around the world that soda equals happiness. Perhaps no other advertisement in history exemplifies that more than the iconic “Hilltop” ad, where singers on a hillside expressed their wish to “buy the world a Coke.”
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From: Zandra Vinegar (event coordinator) 
         ch3cooh@alum.mit.edu
         919 605 6749

Next month, the SFSU Math Circle is running a "Carnival of Mathematics." The carnival will take place:
Sunday April 26th 1pm-4pm (volunteer shifts from 11:45am - 4:45pm and we will feed all volunteers lunch)  at the SFSU Seven Hills Conference Center 800 Font St. San Francisco, CA 

You've been forwarded this email because someone thinks that you'd be a real asset helping make this event happen!  We will need a LOT of creative and excited volunteers in order to pull it off.  If you want to help out, here are some ways to do so:

(1) Choose a booth to run! (There are no mathematical prerequisites to doing this, you just need to be excited about the activity.)

Some booths we need run are listed here: Math Carnival Booths . Sign up on this sheet by claiming an unclaimed booth (as a lead or assistant) or by adding your own idea to the list.  Please do this ASAP, with an 'at the latest' deadline of 4/4.  By 4/11 we'll need an activity plan with supply and printing requests by 4/11

(2) Sign up as a volunteer at this link: Form for Volunteering  (there are also some roles we need filled that don't require as much time/prep as running a booth)

(3) Come up with 5-10 physical objects you can bring for a room set up as a 'Closet of Mathematical Curiosities' -- they can be anything from a Kline bottle to a pinecone, so long as you can explain why each should count as a cool curiosity. :)

Then fill this out: Closet of Mathematical Curiosities and plan to bring them on the 26th

(4) Forward this email or material cut from it to others you think might be excited to help out.  Choose people who you think will be able to help make it awesome!  I've also attached our flier, which you can forward on or hand out if there are students or families who you think might be interested in attending the carnival. 

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What the event will look like:

Overall, we've got an ambitious plan for what the event will look like: visualize a carnival buffet table, circus-type performers at the front (teaching as well as preforming), and 8 to a dozen crazy booths, each with a different carnival themed math activity.

What we need most right now are volunteers who want to run specific booths.  For some of these booths the materials all already exist and just need to be polished and brought together.  For others, a bit more work/design will be required.  Or, if you want to design something not on this list, just let me know!  

The basic mechanic for each booth is that students give you some number of (red or blue) tickets to join, and then receive some number of red tickets based on how successful they are at the activity.  Tickets can be redeemed for prizes.

The goal is that you will be manning your booth with at least one assistant, but we need at least one person per booth to be ultimately responsible for making it happen.  So take a look below and then use this spreadsheet to claim or propose a booth! 

Math Carnival Booths

We also have a room set aside for a few 20-30 min sessions that can be run in relative isolation from the rest of the carnival.  If you're interested in running something in this space, let me know.

Stage Area:

Juggling
Poi
Booths

Magic Card Tricks
Mathematical Balloon Twisting (http://celebrationofmind.org/assets/ViHartBalloonBookletCC.pdf)
Pascal's Toss
Monstrously Enormous Numbers  (Estimations/Fermi, and Problems with Giant Answers)
Origami and One-Cut Magic
Mathematical Face Painting
Build your own Math Joke
Topological Tomfoolery (with vests, pants, and mobius bands)
Mathematical Cake Walk
Combinatorial Contests (counting and sorting handicapped in fun ways)
Other Areas

Entrance/Tickets
Special Carnival Foods
Snack Buffet
Prize Table
Room of Mathematical Curiosities 
Table of Games
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I don't know if all of this will come to exist -- as I said initially, we will need a LOT of volunteers in order to pull it all off.   

If you're up for being one of them, thank you in advance!  And please pass this invitation on to other creative and exciting individuals.

All the best,
Zandra
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Click on the link below to access my Valentine to you.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xLFf_SwaK4 

(If you don't have time to watch the entire video, watch from 1:44 until the end.)
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We are excited to announce four Julia Robinson Mathematics Festivals that will take place on Saturday, November 21st at the San Mateo County Office of Education. The festivals will run from 9-10:30 and from 11-12:30; at each of these times, there will be one festival for students in grades 4-8, and another for students in grades K-3. A JRMF's collaborative, non-competitive atmosphere offers an alternative setting for students to explore the joys and power of mathematics with other kids and older mentors.

To register please visit our website at:
http://jrmf.org/register.php

There is a $10 registration fee. For students who can't afford this, there is a checkbox at the bottom of the form to waive the fee.

Hope to see you there!

-- The JRMF folks

P.S.  Please share with your social networks to help us get the word out.
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From: Tony DeRose <derose@pixar.com>
Date: Fri, Aug 28, 2015 at 2:32 PM
Subject: Pixar in a Box
To: Tony DeRose <derose@pixar.com>


I thought you might be interested to hear that we just launched the project I’ve been working on for the last 18 months. It’s a collaboration with Khan Academy called Pixar in a Box (pixarinabox.org). It is designed to show middle and high school students how concepts they are learning in classrooms are used for creative benefit here at Pixar.

More details can be found in the attached press release that went out yesterday.

It’s really exciting to finally be able to share our work with the public. If you find it interesting, please share with your social networks to help us get the word out.

Thanks,
Tony
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The Girl Who Hated Books



Speaking of adaptations, watch this animated short from the National Film Board of Canada Talespinners collection about Meena, a young girl who hates books, until one day an accidental discovery opens her eyes to the wonder and adventure of the written word.
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OK. You turned 50. You know you're supposed to get a colonoscopy. But you haven't. Here are your reasons: 1. You've been busy. 2. You don't have a history of cancer in your family.
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San Mateo County Office of Education STEM Fair March 2013

Projects awarded the Julia Robinson Mathematics Prize
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Register for Nueva Math Circle, 1/16

Come discover new math concepts in a fun environment! The next session of the Nueva Math Circle will be on Friday, January 16, from 5 to 7:30 pm on the Hillsborough campus. After a great session in September, Stephanie Englehaupt will return with a new topic for the Lower School. We are also excited to have Sue VanHattum from mathmamawrites.blogspot.com joining us. Our Middle School and Upper School session is entitled "The Science of Encryption" and will be led by Professor Dan Boneh from the Department of Computer Science at Stanford University.

Lower School sessions start at 5:00 pm and Middle/Upper School at 5:30 pm.

Register at nueva-mathcircle-jan2015.eventbrite.com. Early registration is only $8. If you are interested in getting on the email distribution list or helping out, send a note to mathcircle@nuevaschool.org. You can also check out the Math Circle page (www.nuevaschool.org/outreach/math-circles) on the Nueva website for registration, room locations, and session times.
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