CIMBLE: Conference on Integrating Math into Informal Building Learning Environments (Math in the Making)

August 15th, 2015 - July 31st, 2017 | PROJECT

Over the last decade there has been a proliferation of out-of-school environments that foster building, making, tinkering, and design activities, creating an unprecedented opportunity to engage a wide range of participants in mathematics that is both purposeful and powerful. To date, this opportunity has been almost universally unexploited. The conference, which will take place at and in collaboration with the New York Hall of Science, will gather fifty researchers and practitioners from informal mathematics education and the burgeoning "making and tinkering" movement for two days to collaboratively generate approaches to integrating mathematics in making and design environments and programs. The project, which includes pre- and post-conference activities, will produce a sampler of Math in Making activities, a guidebook, a white paper for research and practice, a retrospective online discussion, and further dissemination of project deliverables. It is funded by the Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program, which seeks to advance new approaches to, and evidence-based understanding of, the design and development of STEM learning in informal environments. This includes providing multiple pathways for broadening access to and engagement in STEM learning experiences, advancing innovative research on and assessment of STEM learning in informal environments, and developing understandings of deeper learning by participants. Through the conference and pre- and post-conference activities, the project team will: - Initiate and sustain conversations between researchers and practitioners; - Establish collaborations that lead to changes in the way math is framed and highlighted in making and design environments; - Create resources to help people in the making/design community highlight the math in their environments; and - Frame a research agenda to guide studies of mathematical reasoning and attitudes towards math in making and design environments. The work includes an extensive evaluation process of the conference and of pre- and post-conference activities.

Project Website(s)

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Project Products

Math in the Making
Integrating Mathematics and Making: A Shared Goals and Values Framework (In Progress)
Recommendations for Integrating Mathematics into Making and Tinkering Experiences
Mathematics in Informal Learning Environments: A Summary of the Literature
Math in the Making
Video - Math in the Making: Bringing Math Eyes to Making Experiences
Spotlight: Math in the Making: Reflections for the Field
Authentically Integrating Mathematics into Making Experiences

Team Members

Andee Rubin, Principal Investigator, TERC
Scott Pattison, Co-Principal Investigator, Institute for Learning Innovation


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: ISE/AISL
Award Number: 1514726
Funding Amount: $248,237.00


Audience: Educators | Teachers | Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: Art | music | theater | Engineering | Mathematics | Technology
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Making and Tinkering Programs | Professional Development | Conferences | Networks | Professional Development and Workshops | Public Programs