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Age: Grades K-2
Discipline: Symmetry and Patterns
Title: Where Art Meets Math in Nature
Description: Explore symmetry and patterns on the A.T. in New York in this hands-on and engaging program for students ages K-2. Appropriate for all learners, including those with special needs.
Jenny is a mixed media artist and special educator living in Brooklyn, NY. When she’s not teaching visual art to her favorite small artists and students, her love of hiking and illustration keeps her on the trail and making art in the outdoors. She’s partnered with NYC-based outdoor organizations to organize art-making experiences on local trails, was the Artist in Residence for the National Park Service in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 2018, and has lectured on the importance and value of creative experiences from city to trail at a variety of venues, including the REI “Force of Nature” Women’s Speaker series and at Harvard University.
Jan Cohen is the founder of UrbanMathTrails, an education consulting firm that serves various institutions in the application of math in new contexts. Drawing upon an extensive background in math education, finance and architecture, and a passion for the outdoors and the arts, my programs inspire children to discover math in the environment around them, exciting their mathematical imagination and electrify their mathematical senses.
Prior to establishing UrbanMathTrails, I was a middle school math teacher for 16 years, following senior positions on Wall Street for 20+ years. Building on my professional experiences,degrees in Architecture, Finance and Math Education, and adventure travel spanning the globe, I assembled an extensive toolbox of talents, ideas and passions to share with studentsthrough UrbanMathTrails.
Among the programs I have created are math trails at MOMA, Guggenheim Museum, Folk Art Museum, American Museum of Natural History, Riverside Park, Central Park, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Teardrop Park, the National Mall, Storm King Sculpture Park, Hudson Yards, Gantry Plaza State Park, among other venues. I have even created a virtual math trail, using the New York City Bike Map; and place-based math programs in the Trust For Public Lands’ NYC playgrounds. These trails have enabled me to share my love of math, nature and the arts with hundreds to thousands of students.