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2014 Math Machines Workshop August 4-8, 2014, Sinclair Community College, Dayton, OH.
NCTM Indianapolis Regional, 11:00 am - noon, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, Indianapolis, IN
NCTM Richmond Regional, 8:00 am- 9:00 am, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, Richmond, VA
NCTM Houston Regional, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, Houston, TX

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The mission of our organization is to improve the quality of mathematical education, enhance the transfer of mathematical thinking into other classes, and increase students’ ability to apply rigorous mathematics outside the classroom. Our primary tool for carrying out this mission is “math machines”—simple devices which give an immediate, physical, dynamic expression to “abstract” mathematical equations. FIRST TIME HERE? You might want to read the rationale behind this project and view photos and evaluations from past workshops.



What's New? 

June 26, 2014.
Summer is flying past, and it has brought a number of new developments for Math Machines. There has been no change, however, in our basic mission: Providing students, teachers and other educators with practical, motivating and effective tools for connecting math, science and technology.
• For the first time, Mac users can join in the Math Machines revolution. Although control of Math Machines hardware is not possible with Macs, the new software, "Color Functions for Macs," lets learners design and test a almost unlimited range of algebraic functions as they produce dynamic, on-screen displays.
• A new "RGB Color Mixer with Relay" can be controlled by either a PC computer or a TI-83/84 family calculator for use in activities that range from the biology and art of color, to the science of electricity and the "magic" of automated control systems.

LACI Smart Car

• The new LACI Smart Cart (also controlled by either a PC or a calculator) is the successor to SAM, providing immediate, dynamic and fun applications for essential topics that include motion, basic algebra, engineering design, calculus and much more.

There are still places available in our 2014 Math Machines workshop, to be held August 4-8 at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio. Participants will receive a LACI Smart Cart, the new RGB Color Mixer, a radio-controlled vehicle and a Function Plane--plus software and classroom activities designed for real classrooms.


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Getting Results
Bob Chaney and Math Machines are featured in Getting Results, a new program from WGBH and the League for Innovation in the Community College. Click here for the program.
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