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MAA and Google Present Connected Classrooms to Celebrate Math Awareness Month

In celebration of Mathematics Awareness Month, the MAA is teaming up with Google to present Connected Classrooms events throughout April that focus on this year’s theme: Mathematics, Magic, and Mystery. Powered by Google Hangouts on Air, these Connected Classrooms events will connect MAA speakers with middle and high school classrooms around the country.

The schedule of Connected Classrooms events is below. Teachers who would like to participate in the upcoming Hangouts On Air should visit the Google+ event pages (linked below) and fill out the teacher interest forms located in the event details. Viewers can tune in to watch the events and ask questions live via each Hangout’s Q&A app. Video of the session will be archived on MAA’s YouTube channel.

April 8, 1 p.m. ET: Colm Mulcahy presents “Connected Classrooms: Mathematical Magic with Cards”  

Mathematicians don't lie. But magicians have been known to tell a few fibs to spice up their shows. Then there are mathemagicians, who combine mathematical principles with magic in their performances! Imagine a card trick where two people pick random cards from a deck, add up the numbers on the cards, and tell the mathemagician the total obtained. The mathemagician immediately names the two cards, values and suits! In this hangout you'll learn how to baffle your friends and relatives with this original creation of mathemagician Colm Mulcahy.

April 14, 1:30 p.m. ET: Tanya and Tim Chartier will present “Connected Classrooms: Exploring Math with Mime”

In Mime-matics, Tim and Tanya Chartier explore mathematical ideas through the art of mime. Whether creating an illusion of an invisible wall, wearing a mask covered with geometric shapes or pulling on an invisible rope, the Chartiers delve into mathematical concepts such as estimation, tiling, and infinity. Join the Chartiers and encounter math through the entertaining style of mime.

April 17, 12:30 p.m. ET/ 9:30 a.m. PT: Art Benjamin and Ethan Brown will present "Connected Classrooms: The Mathemagicians"

Meet mathemagicians Arthur Benjamin and Ethan Brown. Dr. Benjamin is a professor of mathematics at Harvey Mudd College and Ethan Brown is a high school student at Phillips Andover Academy. Both are also professional magicians and combine their talents to make math magical and fun for all audiences. Learn to mentally square and multiply numbers in your head instantly, create mind-bending magic squares, and other dazzling feats of mind.

April 29, 11 a.m. ET: James Tanton presents “Connected Classrooms: How to Prove That 1 = 2 with Mathematician James Tanton”

In this Connected Classrooms, students will learn del Monte's "proof," and many more, as Mr. Tanton tries to convince you that 1 and 2 really do equal each other! We'll use arithmetic and algebra, pure thought and physical experiments. Will you be able to find fault with any of his "proofs?"

Update: This event has been moved to 11:30 AM on May 15. 

News Date: 
Tuesday, April 8, 2014