ch3cooh: (Winter)
Moving to the west coast has definitely worked out well. I currently make a living by teaching for 1-2 different math circle programs every weekday. And the number of circles in the Bay Area is growing: three of the programs I teach for are brand new, and there are plans for more next year. I'm working most extensively with the San Francisco Math Circle (SFMC), which, at present, means teaching for both their middle and elementary programs. SFMC also makes two Math Circles that are, this year, each running their first summer program. The other is Berkeley Math Circle. I'm teaching for both in the month before SPMPS.

The other projects that I'm most excited about right now are:

* Running a public "Carnival of Mathematics" at the end of this Month through SFMC.
* I'm creating some activity content for MSRI/FirstBook. The 5 kids/young-adult books that I'm designing activity materials for are very inspiring. One math history project is themed on "Mathematical Rebels" -- Mathematicians who pushed against the status quo either for a social cause or for a mathematical one.
* I'm making the best 30 sessions from all of my circles this past year into more polished packages that other teachers would be able to use. (In particular, the Rosa Parks afterschool program has asked me to create these and to help train another instructor or two so that the program can expand to more days and sessions than I can take on myself.)
* I've recruited 4 new math circle teachers to take over some of my sessions (with each school's permission). Each new recruit is to design and polish one topic of their own choosing, teaching it for times at four different programs and iteratively developing it on the way. I'm paying these instructors, both for the sessions they take on and additionally for the content-work. And my hope is that this will grow into a larger funnel for pulling more instructors into the math circle community.
* I'm also excited about Proof School's progress. I didn't apply as an instructor, but I do want to connect more with them, which right now means collecting a giant list of math-focused programs in the Bay Area for their website.

Altogether, I'm just about at critical capacity for math circle projects. I've also been making furniture for my and my housemates' apartment. And I made it out to Inyo National Park for two weeks with a friend to study geology over winter break -- that was amazing!

In short, I'm loving living in California so far. I don't think there's anywhere else in the world (yet!) where I could make a full-time living teaching for Math Circles this way.
ch3cooh: (Balance)
Hi LJ!  Big news:  I'm switching coasts.  There are a lot of reasons why, and there is especially one reason: a gentleman who has been sending me puzzles for almost a year now (among other ways of keeping in touch. ;-)  His name is Rafael, and he is a current student at Stanford, so moving to be only an hour's drive away from him (Berkeley) instead of 2500 miles away is... exciting. :)

But I'm still wrapping up here in NY/NJ for the next few months and I could definitely use a little fun distraction during that time.  Also, I haven't organized a crazy experiment/game in a long while! So....

QUOTES ILLUSTRATED

This game is motivated by wanting to

  1. Know which pieces of books most stand out to my friends.

  2. Do art -- watercolor in particular -- I just acquired a watercolor kit and I want to play with it. :)

If you have a quote, please add it in the comments below (with which # you'd like it placed at 1-15) and I will illustrate it -- I'm going to try to do three illustrations every week in April and Early May. But I don't want to steal all the illustrating fun, so if my intended role in this 'game' sounds like fun to you, feel free to steal it and add your own illustrations here: http://entropyinprogress.wikispaces.com/Quotes+Illustrated --- ultimately, this site is where all of the quotes and images will end up in addition to irregular LJ entrees over the next month.5

An Example:

"Marco finds her shawl left behind in the game room, still draped over his jacket." (quote context)
-- Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus (pg. 222)
20140405_122131     

Quote Scheduling )
ch3cooh: (Yosemite)
In short: a month ago today, the New Museum of Mathematics opened in Manhattan, NY. 
Soon after that, I received an email with this video of the MoMath Opening
Soon after that, I applied... then an interview :) ... then a job offer :D... and, a couple days ago, I accepted the offer! :D!!!
I'm going to be an Education Coordinator at the museum starting in February!
I'm planning to move to an apt off the PATH line in New Jersey, since PATH drops right into Manhattan at Madison Sq. Park where the museum is located.
So if you want to visit me and/or the new museum sometime after March 1st, just email me regarding 'crash space'.  I <3 NY, but It's more than a little terrifying to be uprooting and relocating so suddenly! I am definitely going to miss friends in Boston, and I'd love to have you all visit! 
Momath

More About the Museum (and PICTURES!) )
ch3cooh: (Engineering Hubris)
Reply to this! what's something that you would drop pretty much anything you're doing to learn more about? A topic that, whenever you hear it mentioned, makes your ears perk up? :)

Coming into MIT two years ago, I had a number of these, some of which I've actually managed to pretty much exhaust: Maxwell's Equations, Entropy, Are there really problems that /can't/ be solved?
Some, I still have: Total internal reflection, Space filling curves, Quantum Uncertainty, How Memory Works.
And I've definitely picked up some new ones: Hashing, what makes a computation difficult, and a New level of awareness for how ridiculous Quantum is -
among others that I'm sure I just can't remember right now.

I'm not sure what triggered wanting to post this, maybe prepping classes and realizing that I was summarizing a fairly extensive body of knowledge that I simply didn't have two years ago. Wow, two years... this must be the post I'm writing because I just turned 20.

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