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Math Moves (Opens 2/3)

February 3 — May 13, 2018

Bigger/smaller, faster/slower, heavier/lighter...
Use your body to explore ratios in our newest exhibition celebrating the wonderful world of mathematics! Immerse yourself in a world of shadows, shapes, motion, and sound. Use your body as a unit of measurement by climbing into a huge chair then squeezing in a tiny one to compare your size. Grab a friend, get moving, and watch as your rates of motion are both tracked on a screen. Listen, watch, and feel what happens when you change the pitch and frequency of sounds. Ever wonder how shadows change size? Here you can grow, shrink, match, and measure while discovering connections between shapes, shadows, and sizes.

Exhibition Highlights


Experiment with differently sized objects to make shadow stories or scenes! By moving these objects, growing or reducing its size, you can see a real impact on physical science while also learning about scale.


Walking back and forth, slowly and quickly, this experience allows you to 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.


Discover proportions in a different way. In this experience, you can hang weights on three types of balances to get an intuitive feel with ratios and proportions.


In this truly physical experience, you can use your body and other measuring tools to investigate how the sizes of three identical chairs differ. Through this, you'll learn more about scale models and the geometric concept of similarity, and begin to understand proportional relationships between different-sized objects.

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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