Math on a Stick

This past summer was FULL of wonderful math things!  I finished up my last two math grad classes (Yay!), went to TMC, and got to learn from Fawn Nguyen!  And if all of that wasn’t enough, I got to end my summer with Math on a Stick!

Math on a Stick started thanks to Christopher Danielson.  It’s essentially a math playground that is open every day of our State Fair.  You can read more about it here and here.


Tiling Turtles

You can also read a reflection from Laura’s daughter here.  I so enjoyed meeting her and the conversations we had.  Here she is running the spiral machine.


This was my second year volunteering, and it is always a great time, rain or shine!  If its rainy, that usually means more time to reconnect with the other volunteers, but if the weather’s great, Math on a Stick fills up quickly!

Above:  The Chris, Christopher, Annie, and Phil having tetrahedron building contests when it was raining.

Below:  It was so fun to see how many people came to play!

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Every day there is a visiting mathematician with some activity for people to do.


The math bus that Christopher and his crew put together when he was the visiting mathematician.


The visiting mathematician this day was from the Fractal Foundation.

It’s so fun to see all the different things people create throughout the day.

Casey flew in from California for Math on a Stick!  When we weren’t volunteering, we went to a few “must sees” at the State Fair.


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I was so fortunate that I was able to see so many people from the MTBoS community  that flew in for math on a stick as well as reconnect with many MN friends.

It is always so fun to meet Twitter friends in real life!


I’m already looking forward to next year!  The last weekend of the fair is Labor Day weekend.  Come visit!!

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