MathAlive! is designed to inspire, to spark the imagination, to reveal not only math at work, but the endless possibilities of math. Primarily designed for kids in grades 3-8, the exhibition brings to life the real math behind what kids love most – video games, sports, design, music, robotics and more – and creates interactive and immersive experiences that bring to life the math at work in each, whether in design, application or use.
Visitors will ride snowboards in a step-on experience, program the robotic arm from the cupola of the ISS, design (and launch) their own video game characters, capture their 360 degree image in a freeze-motion video, try their hand at master engineering a model city, and even design a skateboard to give it more ‘POP.’ Through approximately 40 unique, interactive experiences, the exhibit takes math from its native form into the applied worlds of design, engineering, technology and science.
The institutional partners will support host museums with events, competitions and activities, helping museums turn entire cities into 'math towns,' each with rich calendars of activities throughout the run of the exhibition. The supplemental resources, media, materials, supported events and programming will support museums in bringing math meaningfully and effectively into their institution and their local community.
The exhibition debuted nationally at Smithsonian Institution in March 2012.
Developed in Collaboration with:
- National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
- National Association of Professional Engineers
- Society of Women Engineers
The national exhibition is underwritten by Raytheon.
- Adventure Sports
- Style and Design
- Video Games and Other Games
- Robotics and Space
- Resource Center
- Exhibit size: 5,000 square feet
- Target Audience: families, students grades K-12 (with focus on grades 3-8, ages 7-14)
- Lead Mathematics Advisor: Jan Mokros
- Designers: Rick Goodwin Design & Fricker Studio
- Content Developer: Sharon Simpson
Perot Museum of Nature and Science
Sept. 27, 2014 - Jan. 4, 2015
San Diego, CA
San Diego Air & Space Museum
Jan. 24, 2015 - Sept. 13, 2015
Great Lakes Science Center
Oct. 3, 2015 - Jan. 3, 2016
St. Louis, MO
Saint Louis Science Center
Jan. 28, 2017 - May 7, 2017
Washington, District of Columbia, Smithsonian Institution
Phoenix, AZ, Arizona Science Center
Huntsville, AL, U.S. Space & Rocket Center
Houston, TX, Space Center Houston
Hartford, CT, Connecticut Science Center
Omaha (Ashland), NE, Strategic Air & Space Museum
Wichita, KS, Exploration Place
Boston, MA, Museum of Science
To learn more about MathAlive!
, please contact: