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Math Moves (Opens 2/3)

February 3 — May 13, 2018

Math is FUN?! Let us prove it to you...

Stimulate your imagination in the Math Moves! exhibition while building interest, confidence and skills in mathematics. Working as a team, you can explore key math concepts with a variety of exciting activities that use your brain, your senses... and your hands and feet! Come experience ratio, proportion, fractions, geometry and more in a physical, cooperative, and – above all – memorable way.

Do YOU have what it takes to build your math muscle?


Exhibition Highlights


Create your own shadow stories!

Experiment with scale by using a bright-white LED to cast shadows of the objects you place on the grid table. Each object is copied at three proportional heights, so it's a perfect way to see how the shadows of these objects grow and shrink.


Get moving!

Curious to see how your rate of motion affects a graph on a screen? By walking back and forth, slowly and quickly, you can create graphs of your motions. Challenge a friend to see how your movement changes over time, see the direct proportional slopes from your actions, and think about how your rates compare.


It's a balancing act!

Try hanging weights on different types of balances to get an intuitive feel with ratios and proportions. There are three types of balances to experiment with: (1) a traditional math education balance, (2) a balance with a circular scale, and (3) a multi-armed balance with a high degree of complexity and open-endedness.


Get your gears turning!

Sit down at a mechanical drawing table where you can draw harmonic patterns using proportional wheels. Choose which gears to activate and watch as patterns begin to repeat on the page. With this simple tool, you can produce complex, circular drawings while exploring ratios and proportions.

Math Moves! was developed in partnership by: Explora, Albuquerque; Museum of Life & Science, Durham; Museum of Science, Boston; Science Museum of Minnesota, Saint Paul; Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Education (CRMSE), at San Diego State University and TERC, Cambridge with support from the National Science Foundation.

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