The conversation will begin on March 30. To join, register on informalscience.org and visit the forum website: http://www.informalscience.org/forums/math-making-pre-conference-forum.
About Math in the Making
Although there is a growing body of research on mathematics in informal learning environments, less has been done to understand how math can be integrated into other ISE settings or topics, and how this integration might engage those who do not already have positive attitudes about math. Over the last decade there has been a proliferation of out-of-school environments that foster building, making, tinkering, and design activities, creating an unprecedented opportunity to engage a wide range of participants in mathematics that is both purposeful and powerful.
The primary activity of Math in the Making will be a convening in the spring of 2016 of researchers and practitioners from both the out-of-school Mathematics and Making/Tinkering communities to advance the field’s understanding of how to highlight and enhance the mathematics in making experiences, develop tools and resources for informal educators, and foster collaborations for future efforts. While the convening is limited to 50 invitees, there will be pre- and post-conference online discussions that involve a larger community.
The NSF-funded Math in the Making project, led by Scott Pattison of the Institute for Learning Innovation and Andee Rubin of TERC, was launched in September 2015 and will continue through 2016. If you are interested in the project and would like to find out more, please email: MathInTheMaking@terc.edu.