MathAlive!, the international traveling math exhibit from Raytheon’s MathMovesU program, is opening at the Space Foundation in Colorado Springs on January 30th! This exhibit has followed me around the country as I’ve now seen at the Perot Museum in Dallas, The Space Center in Houston, and this past Christmas at the Great Lakes Science Museum in Cleveland, Ohio. Every time it’s a blast and every time I don’t have enough time to see all of it.
So what is it exactly? It’s the perfect answer to the age-old question of “How will I ever use math in the real world?” The answer? Everywhere. All the time. MathAlive! is an arcade-like interactive experience hosted by the MathAlive! Botz that educates kids of all ages on how math factors into exciting pastimes like snowboarding, skateboarding, and more.
Love skateboarding? Let professional skater Eric Tuma Britton show you how math factors into the perfection of the ollie, skating’s staple move. How about snowboarding? What angle would you use to slow yourself down before crashing into a snow bank? You’ll find out here, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg! Learn what it would be like to operate the International Space Station‘s Canada arm, build a skyscraper with your friends, and even drive around a rover on Mars.
Our research has shown that young students become more interested in math and science when they can relate it to a subject about which they are passionate,” Raytheon Chairman William H. Swanson told his captive audience at Boston’s Museum of Science in 2014.
Math is all around us and this is an excellent chance to show kids and adults alike what it is they’ve been missing in the world around them. The exhibit is generously presented by Raytheon and is free to ALL military through its entire run throughout the spring. Check out more info on the exhibit at the MathAlive! website and on their Facebook page. And don’t forget to hit up the Space Foundation page for all the info of upcoming events at the newest BIG attraction in Colorado Springs!