The key to getting more kids – especially girls – 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 million individuals have experienced the MoMath exhibits. The Museum has welcomed over 500,000 visitors, since its opening in 2012, and the Math Midway, MoMath’s debut exhibition, has been seen by over 500,000 on its travels to 9 states across the United States, before closing out its national tour at the first-ever National Math Festival in Washington, DC and being sold to the Singapore Science Centre where it continues to delight visitors of all ages. The Museum’s 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.