MIT Museum Hosts a Free MoSAIC Math-Art Festival

November 30, 2015

MIT Museum Hosts a Free MoSAIC Math-Art Festival, December 11-12, 2015

Celebrating Math, Science, Art, Industry, & Culture (MoSAIC) Traveling exhibition, activities and talks at the MIT Museum

Cambridge, MA, November 30, 2015—The MIT Museum will host the MoSAIC Math-Art Festival celebrating the connections between mathematics and the arts on Friday, December 11th from 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, December 12th, from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Admission to the MIT Museum and to this special festival will be free on both days, and open to the public.

MoSAIC - Mathematics of Science, Art, Industry & Culture is a festival organized by the Bridges Organization and funded by the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI), the Simons Foundation, and the Council for the Arts at MIT. The purpose of the MoSAIC project is to promote awareness and interest in mathematics through its connection to the arts. The MoSAIC Math-Art Festival includes a variety of hands-on workshops, presentations, a mathematical art exhibit, and short math films geared toward high school age students and older. Scheduled activities include:

Friday, December 11

10:00 am - 8:00 pm: Art exhibit open for viewing
10:00am - 5:00 pm: Screening of math video shorts
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Second Fridays program with conversations about the math gender gap, challenging math activities, and presentations about math in art and culture, including talks and presentations by:
5:10 pm - 6:10 pm: Professor George Hart ("From Math to Sculpture") and Professor David Reimann ("Mathematics of M.C.Escher's Art")
6:15 pm - 7:00 pm: Dr. Rosalie Belanger-Rioux (Harvard University), Dr. Ken Fan (Girl's Angle), and Meena Boppana (Gender Inclusivity in Mathematics) on the gender gap in mathematics.
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Slide rules demonstrations, Rubik's Cube challenges, knot tying, and many more math activities.

Saturday, December 12

10:00 am - 5:00 pm: Art exhibit open for viewing
10:00 am - 12:00 pm: Geometric Sculpture Assembly workshop with George Hart (limited to 30 participants; free pre-registration required)
10:00 am - 12:00 pm: Giant SOMA (cube-based puzzle) workshop with Elisabeth Heathfield (limited to 30 participants; free pre-registration required) 
1:00 pm - 2:55 pm: Robert Lang's Four Intersecting Triangles workshop with OrigaMIT (limited to 15 participants; free pre-registration required) 
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm: Presentation & demonstration of math "toys" by Tadashi Tokieda
3:05 pm - 4:30 pm: Creating Escher-like Tesselations workshop with David Reimann (limited to 30 participants; free pre-registration required)
3:05 pm - 4:30 pm: Mathematical Sculpture from Drinking Straws workshop with Zachary Abel (limited to 40 participants; free pre-registration required)

"The MIT Museum is thrilled to collaborate with the Bridges Organization and MSRI to host the MoSAIC Festival," said Brindha Muniappan, MIT Museum Programs Director. "The festival will provide interesting math connections for our community and will help people understand the many ways in which mathematics is part of our everyday lives," said Muniappan.

Learn more about the MoSAIC Festival.

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