Interns will complete various projects for local museums and public institutions that relate mathematics concepts to their permanent collections and/or special exhibits.
Interns will research, write and develop mathematically rich interactive activities, create teacher materials, and make take-home products for families. Many projects involve planning and constructing exhibit elements. We do have access to the workshop Epilog laser and other resources at MakeATX, a laser cutting shop, so there will be opportunities to design and produce original pieces for distribution to visitors at exhibits.
There will be frequent meetings to discuss progress. Preparation work will mostly be done on or near campus and at MakeATX. Other work will involve site visits and participation in events at various locations in Austin, for which rides are provided, if necessary.
Connecting math concepts to the world outside the classroom is a major challenge in mathematics education and this internship is an opportunity to facilitate that process and to reach students and families in the context of school field trips, local museums/institutions, and more!
Creativity and interest in connecting with math learners of all levels and abilities. Interest in communicating higher level concepts in an accessible manner. Competent writer and communicator and well versed in mathematics. Interest in and a desire to learn how to make demonstration devices and math manipulatives is a plus.
Flexible Monday through Friday and weekends - work will be performed both independently and in groups. Saturdays and Sundays are often active work days. Supervisor will be available at UTeach 4 hours a week minimum for meetings, planning, and in person feedback.