October Theme:  Math in Air & Space

12 Months of Math

Humans have always been looking up into the night sky in awe and wonder. We find shapes in patterns in the stars called constellations. Explorers used the stars to navigate across continents and oceans. We’ve learned to defy gravity by building machines that let us soar through the air and even into space. We continue to discover more about air and space, and without math, none of it would be possible.

Because there are so many aspects to air and space, there are many career options to choose from. From the astronauts who get to orbit the earn in the space station, to the pilots who fly the planes we all use, to the astronomers searching for alien life, math is an essential tool for anyone interested in air and space.

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Parents' Corner

Math Talk

Topic:  Counting is the cornerstone.

Counting is the first building block of math. Each day is filled with numerous opportunities to develop counting skills.  Beginning in infancy with an adult or older child counting aloud – to a kindergartner counting by twos, fives, and tens; the practice of counting develops the rhythm, and relationship between words and objects. Don’t worry if your children use their fingers when they count objects they can’t touch. Fingers are the earliest math tools children have! They are always handy and ready to use. Children will stop using their fingers to count when they learn there are faster and better ways to do math (such as addition which we will discuss next.) A few sites that offer fun ideas for counting:  PBS-Kids, Math is FunLearn with Play at HomeEducation.com

Events and Activities

Math in Air & Space Events

Sunday, October 20, 2–4pm

How do planes fly? How do rockets get to space? Create your own straw rockets and watch them go, as you learn about how math is used in Air and Space with 12 Months of Math!

Math in Air & Space Activities

Math at the Balloon Fiesta

Darth and Yoda: Choose a Side
Friday, October 5, 2018
Visitors to the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum during “Darth and Yoda: Choose a Side” can enjoy math in air and space activities 9-11am, hosted by the museum and Explora, as part of this free epic experience, which runs 8:30-11am.

Chemistry Week 2018

Chemistry is Out of this World!

Celebrate National Chemistry Week with chemistry-related activities at Explora!

  • Sunday October 21, 1-4pm, “Explore the Chemistry of Distant Stars”
  • Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 10am-12pm, look for special activities hosted by Explora staff.
  • Tuesday and Thursday, 4-6pm, look for special activities hosted by Explora staff.
Download this year’s guide to National Chemistry Week filled with activities, stories, and out of this world information.
Version in English  and en Español.
Career Connections

Do you want to be an astronaut when you grow up? How about a pilot? What about designing the next generation aircraft? There are many careers available in Aerospace and Aviation.

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12 Months of Math, a project of STEM-NM, is a city-wide initiative designed to explore and celebrate math’s importance to our community and in our lives. 12 Months of Math will provide community-based, culturally-relevant, multilingual family math programs for the public. Each month of math will focus on a selected theme and will provide math activities in a real-world context, supported by local business and organizations whose work relates to the month’s theme. 12 Months of Math brings together the varied expertise of partner organizations and coordinates efforts to bring about significant improvement in children’s math outcomes.

STEM-NM is New Mexico’s nationally-designated STEM Learning Ecosystem, working to increase the prosperity of our community by engaging students and preparing them for jobs in our local science, technology, and health care sectors.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1744541. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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