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Math to Go: A Traveling Exhibitions Sampler

Go Figure! Evaluating a Math Exhibition


ASTC Dimensions March/April 2001

Math to Go:
A Traveling Exhibitions Sampler

Arithmetricks: Perfectly Perplexing Puzzles
This IBM-funded exhibition from Science World, British Columbia, Canada, features hands-on exhibits with a 1900s carnival theme. Included are "big top" puzzles at different skill levels, a mathematical maze, the Paradox Sideshow, "Arithmetots" exhibits for 3- to 6-year-olds, and mathematical computer games. Details: Julio Guzman, Science World, 604/443-7475; e-mail

Beyond Numbers
This 6,000-square-foot exhibition developed by the Maryland Science Center in collaboration with the George Washington University math department, explores the mysterious mathematics of soap bubbles, puzzles, tiles, games, and more. Hands-on exhibits are arranged in three areas: Discovering Patterns, Playing with Abstractions, and Solving Problems. Beyond Numbers will be at COSI Toledo until May 2001. Details: Brenda Lewis, MSC exhibitions manager, 410/545-5905; e-mail; web site

Fun, 2, 3, 4: All about a number of things!
[See "Bringing Math to Life," file 3.] Details: Beth Porter, ASTC Exhibition Services, 202/783-7200 x117; e-mail To see photos of the exhibits, visit

Go Figure!
Launched at the Minnesota Children's Museum in January 2000 and now touring 10 cities, Go Figure! is at the Children's Museum in Boston until April 30. A smaller version is touring 75 libraries nationwide. [For more information, see "Go Figure!: Evaluating a Math Exhibition," file 4.] Details: Kirstin Hagen, Minnesota Children's Museum, 651/225-6000, e-mail; web site

Mathematics as the key to unlocking the universe is the theme of these 25 interactive exhibits developed by Questacon-the National Science Centre, in Australia. A giant Newton's Cradle demonstrates conservation of momentum; computer programs reveal the beauty of natural spirals and fractals; and visitors construct arches, play pool, and pitch balls past a radar scope to learn about math in daily life. Adapted for dual languages, this modular exhibition travels in a 40-foot container. Details: Geoff Crane, Questacon, (61) (2) 6270-2800; e-mail

Mathematica: A World of Numbers and Beyond
The California Science Center's original Mathematica gallery was created in 1961 by U.S. architects Charles and Ray Eames. This 2,500-square-foot traveling version includes six interactive units on celestial mechanics, the Moebius band, probability, topology, minimal surfaces, projective geometry, and multiplication. Details: Ellen Kwan Lewis, California Science Center; 213/744-7421; e-mail

Maths 2000
Created by La Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie, Paris, in honor of World Mathematics Year 2000, this 200-square-meter exhibition's 24 display panels and 48 interactive exhibits allow visitors aged 12 and up to explore the foundations of contemporary mathematics. Topics covered include plane surfaces, shapes in nature, probability and polling, paving and symmetry, fractals, order and chaos, and the mathematics of physics. Details: Marie-Christine May-Delcros, (33) (1) 4005 8290; e-mail

Museum of Mathematics (Mathematiksmuseum)
Created by the Mathematisches Institut of Justus-Liebig Universitat, Giessen, Germany, this hands-on exhibition for children aged 8 to 18 and their families was introduced at the International Congress of Mathematics in Berlin in 1998. An English language version traveled to Canada's Saskatchewan Science Centre and Manitoba Children's Museum in May 2000 as part of the World Mathematics Year. Details: Albrecht Beutelspacher, Mathematisches Institut, (49) (641) 99 32080; e-mail; web site

Powers of Ten
The classic 1970s math and science film produced by Charles and Ray Eames has been expanded by the Eames Office into a 3,000-square-foot exhibition. Photographic panels, educational text, and hands-on activities use examples from astronomy, biology, and physics to explore size, time, and scale. The exhibition is designed to be customized for each venue, using large objects found in the community to establish scale. Details: or; e-mail n

ASTC-member museums planning new traveling exhibitions are invited to list them in ASTC's Exhibition Clearinghouse. Contact Beth Porter, 202/783-7200 x117; e-mail

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