April 29 Teacher Workshop in Tsaile, AZ

April 29 Dine College Teacher Workshop

Bruce Bayly, Amanda Serenevy and Mark Saul led a teacher workshop at the Tsaile campus of Diné College on Saturday, April 29, 2017. The event was held in the classroom building on the Tsaile campus of Diné College. Professional development credit certificates will be available for this workshop.

The full schedule and list of sessions will be posted here soon.
If you are interested in attending please register below.


8:00 – 8:55 Breakfast (and intros)

9:00 – 10:30 Session 1 Mark Saul – A New Look at Classic Problems

10:30 – noon Session 2 Bruce Bayly and Physics Bus Friends – 3D geometry, sound and paper strips

12:00 – 1:00 lunch and group discussion

1:00 – 2:30 Session 3 Amanda Serenevy – Squareable numbers

2:30 – 3:00 Final discussion.


Detailed Session Descriptions:

Squareable numbers

A number is squarable if it is possible to tile a square with that number of non-overlapping squares, possibly with different sizes. We will look for eligible tilings, make conjectures about families of squarable numbers, and prove those conjectures. This rich activity comes from Daniel Finkel.

A New Look at Classic Problems
We will look at some very old mathematical problems and find ways to get new ideas–both mathematical and pedagogical–from them. The mathematics will start very simply and rise high. The pedagogy will be hands-on and interactive.

3D geometry, sound and paper strips
Polyhedra and Euler relationships. We will use PVC tubes and balloon sculpture to explore geometry beyond paper and pencil.

What makes different musical instruments sound different? Geometry! Specifically size and shape. We will explore with a variety of instruments and other sound-making devices.

What can you do with paper strips? We will explore geometry and topology of Mobius bands, hexaflexagons, 5 pointed stars, and other creations mixing 2D and 3D geometry.

Look for future workshops on our forthcoming events page