Mason Experimental Geometry Lab

MEGL is an experimental research lab in mathematics at George Mason University focusing on computati

MEGL is an experimental research lab in pure mathematics at George Mason University (L106 Exploratory Hall) focusing on the interplay of geometry, topology, algebra, and dynamics. We develop alternative modes of experiencing mathematics and engage in grassroots public outreach that fosters excitement about mathematics. Our activities naturally lead to development in 3D printing, virtual reality, a

Operating as usual

Photos from Mason Experimental Geometry Lab's post 03/18/2024

Happy Pi Day from MEGL!

Photos from Mason Experimental Geometry Lab's post 04/30/2022

STEAM night at Laurel Ridge Elementary was a major success! With Boba Fett and our very own Yoda harnessing the force to estimate π. Surrounded by a team that shares a passionate commitment binds the galaxy together!
To view our calendar: bit.ly/3s461Qe

Photos from Mason Experimental Geometry Lab's post 04/27/2022

Today we ran 3 parallel You Can Count on Monsters activity sessions at Greenbriar East, to have reached every 2nd to 5th grade classroom this fall! We are always proud and taken by the creativity, enthusiasm, and curiosity of this ever growing community of young mathematicians. 💛💚

02/25/2022

Head over and celebrate the iconic irrational with us. We have prizes for jeopardy winners, pizza and pie for all!

Have a happy and remember to never round up numbers when you're counting cows in the field!

Photos from Mason Experimental Geometry Lab's post 11/17/2021

This morning we celebrated Möbius’ 231st birthday by creating Möbius strip bagels with faculty and students from the math department.

11/12/2021

Why did the chicken cross the Möbius strip?
to get to the other, um,…

This Wednesday, our outreach director Dr. Bray, will demonstrate how we can slice bagels into two linked halves whose cutting surface is a two-twist Möbius strip. Come get your bagel!

Photos from Mason Experimental Geometry Lab's post 11/08/2021

These fourth graders were exploring prime factorization of rectangular numbers at Forestdale elementary school. One of the students told the outreach intern “you’re lucky that you only study math.”

Photos from Mason Experimental Geometry Lab's post 11/05/2021

The fourth graders at Greenbrier elementary school were exploring really big numbers and different types of growths with the MEGL outreach team today.

Photos from Mason Experimental Geometry Lab's post 10/28/2021

Today the outreach team ran our You Can Count On Monsters activity at Centerville library. Our youngest participant sure enjoyed learning about prime numbers and him talking about patterns, rectangles, squares, and addition! “Thinking in your mind is thinking with the volume off”-little kindergartner.

10/24/2021

Wednesday October 27, MEGL Outreach is headed to Centreville Library to host our You Can Count on Monsters activity. All k-5th grade students welcome! Visit the library’s website for more information and registration links.

Photos from Mason Experimental Geometry Lab's post 10/05/2021

We had a blast running the You Can Count On Monsters activity yesterday at one of the nearby elementary schools! Expanding our outreach team allowed us to run our activities at multiple classrooms simultaneously. Check out our activities on our website.

09/10/2021

MEGL is thriving again with our researchers!

08/27/2021

Today we welcomed our members back to the lab after operating virtually for over a year and a half!

Our outreach director, Dr. Harry Bray, was checking out the virtual reality equipment.

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MEGL is an experimental research lab in pure mathematics at George Mason University (L106 Exploratory Hall) focusing on the interplay of geometry, topology, algebra, and dynamics.

We develop alternative modes of experiencing mathematics and engage in grassroots public outreach that fosters excitement about mathematics. Our activities naturally lead to development in 3D printing, virtual reality, and parallel computing.

The idea of a Geometry Lab is directly inspired by the Geometry Center in Minnesota founded by A. Marden from 1994 to 1998, which produced a wealth of mathematical software (most notably the SnapPea hyperbolic analyzer) and influential mathematical visualizations (most notably, Not Knot, Outside In, and Shape of Space).

See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geometry_Center and http://www.geom.uiuc.edu/.

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