The key to getting more kids interested in science, technology, engineering, and math is to get them involved at an early age and stay with them through the time they may have otherwise given up on math. I’m proud to serve as a board member of the National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) which welcomes children and adults alike to enjoy the wonders of mathematics.
Over 1.5 million individuals have experienced MoMath exhibits since the museum’s opening in 2012. The Museum, located in New York City, will welcome this year its millionth visitor. MoMath exhibits are now installed in 9 countries across Europe, Asia, Latin America and Russia. And because math educators have a key role to play as agents of change to excite young people about math, the Museum awards annually the Rosenthal Prize for Innovation and Inspiration in Math Teaching which is designed to recognize and promote hands-on math teaching in upper elementary and middle school classrooms. This prize is awarded annually to a classroom teacher in the United States who has created an exceptional, hands-on, engaging math activity, and will have the opportunity to influence classroom across the country through dissemination of his/her innovative math activities.