Mobius Mysteries

What is so special about this paper loop? For this hands-on session please bring paper, scissors, tape, and a pen/pencil. Together we will create a Mobius loop, and explore phenomena and puzzles around this seemingly simple structure. Additionally we will discuss connections to spatial reasoning and the use of predictions in learning opportunities.

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Materials Needed:

  • Paper

  • Scissors

  • Tape

  • Pen/Pencil

Presenters:

Aileen Rizo

Aileen is the Associate Director of the AIMS Center and has worked in math education for 20+ years. She has served in state capacities with the California Department of Education and various community organizations. She has earned two master degrees - one in Educational Technology and another in Mathematics Education, and is currently a PhD student in STEM education at Texas Tech University. Additionally, she is an adjunct faculty member at Fresno Pacific University teaching both math and engineering courses. Aileen’s work in the STEM fields fueled her to realize the importance of providing young children with powerful educational experiences and the need for advocating for the equity of women and girls within these fields.

Scott has 20 years of teaching experience in upper-elementary and middle school grades. He has taught in multiple-subject classrooms as well as single-subject math and woodworking courses. He has served as a coach, presenter, and coordinator at the AIMS Center for Math and Science Education since 2017. Scott's interests in music, art, engineering, and tinkering help fuel his desire for children to learn in playful, experimental, and engaging ways. He earned his Bachelors Degree and Masters Degree in Mathematics Education at Fresno Pacific University.

Scott Nielson

California Early Math Project 2020