Math Moves! Brings Out the Fun in Mathematics with Creativity, Teamwork, and Motion
New traveling exhibition at Adventure Science Center opens February 3
January 22, 2018
Nashville, Tenn., Jan. 22, 2017—Meet math anxiety: the intense, gripping feeling of fear stirred up when people face their own ability, or inability, to understand and do mathematics. Much like stage fright, math anxiety can cause people to freeze up completely with faced with a mathematical problem.
Since the late 1950s, researchers have been working hard to understand this phenomenon and find ways to counteract the negative effects through educational interventions. One such method is through self-learning, which is where Adventure Science Center’s (ASC) latest traveling exhibition, Math Moves!, comes into play.
Opening Feb. 3, guests of all ages can delight in building their math muscle through collaborative interactives that involve playful, full-body explorations of ratios, proportions, and other fundamental math concepts.
“Math Moves! is all about shifting the paradigm of mathematics and showcasing that math is fun and inspiring,” said Steve Hinkley, ASC’s President & CEO. “This exhibition provides guests with the unique opportunity to see how these important concepts play into everyday life through hands-on, interactive, cooperative, and – above all – memorable experiences. Everyone – not just kids – will have the chance to create incredible new memories and see the world differently.
Highlights of the Math Moves! exhibition include:
- PARTNER MOTION
Grab a partner and see how different rates of motion look as graphs on a screen. By walking back and forth, guests create graphs of their motions see how the graph data changes as they modify their speeds. The graphs display their movement over time, giving them direct proportional slopes, another way to think about how their rates compare.
- COMPARING FORMS
Three chairs situated in this exhibition are identical in every aspect… except proportional scale. Guests use their bodies and other measuring tools to investigate how the chairs differ in size. It’s a very tangible way to gain experience with the geometric concept of similarity and begin to understand proportional relationships between different-sized objects.
- COMPARING FREQUENCIES
Using one or more small wheels driven by a larger wheel, guests create rhythmic percussive sounds. This element invites guests to experiment with several wheels to compare frequencies of clicks, both seeing and hearing the rhythm of proportions and frequency of clicking.
- SHADOW FRACTIONS
In this section, guests can create shadow stories with scaled objects. A bright light casts shadows of the objects on a grid, where guests can directly experience physical science as they move the objects around to increase or reduce the size of the objects’ shadows.
OPENING DAY CELEBRATION
From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 3, ASC will host a special opening day celebration with activities that will help guests dive even deeper into some of the concepts presented within the exhibition. Try a pyramid build challenge, learn about fractals found in nature, craft pixel portraits with post-it notes, and explore probability with fidget spinners. All activities during this celebration are included with the price of admission.
NEW PLANETARIUM SHOW OFFERING
Beginning Feb. 1, ASC’s Sudekum Planetarium will offer a brand-new fulldome show – Fantastic Fractals! Guests can enjoy a completely immersive journey into the infinitely complex structures of fractals while learning more about the mathematics that make these shapes possible. Tickets to Fantastic Fractals! cost $7 for adults/teens (ages 13+) and $5 for youth (ages 2-12), and must be purchased in conjunction with general admission tickets prior to 3 p.m. More information about the show can be found at www.AdventureSci.org/fractals.
Entry into the Math Moves! exhibition is included with the price of general admission. Math Moves! will be at the science center Feb. 3 through May 13, 2018. 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. The Math Moves! Contributing Sponsor is Cornerstone Financial Credit Union. Information subject to change.