Thursday, Mar 1, 2018
Mechanical puzzles provide fun challenges that can involve assembly or disassembly, geometric arrangement, and logical and spatial thinking. They often require the solver to think “outside the box” and find creative solutions to problems that at first seem impossible. They can be wonderful ways to introduce students to the joy of struggling with a problem over time and then feeling the “Aha” of satisfaction that leads them to seek further challenges. Working with puzzles also helps develop the skill of perseverence, which can be transferred to many other domains. In this event, sculptor and mathematician George Hart will talk about some of his favorite puzzles that can be used in a classroom. This will be followed by a hands-on period in which participants can play with a collection of puzzles he brings and build some small puzzles to take home.
MƒA Thursday Thinks is a monthly speaker series that features thought-provoking talks from STEM experts – including scientists, mathematicians, authors, journalists and educators.
Mar. 1, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Math for America, 160 5th Avenue, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10010
Free, but must register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/thursday-think-hands-on-puzzles-tickets-42926790185