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Math Midway Provides Traveling Interactive Math Exhibit With Lots Of Fun For Kids

Math Midway LSCA few weeks ago, I attended an event to preview the new Math Midway exhibit at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, New Jersey.  Math Midway is a traveling exhibit from the Museum of Mathematics. The exhibit, which made its debut at the Liberty Science Center in October 2011, provides interactive and educational fun for kids of all ages. Each activity in the exhibit was created by the math experts of the Museum of Mathematics to showcase numerical and geometric patterns. Kids learn how patterns work together to create the fundamental building blocks of the world.

The exhibit is great for an afternoon of family fun. Many of the activities are appropriate for younger children, so parents looking for something to do with an active toddler may find the museum a great haven. Teachers and schools will find the exhibit to be a wonderful addition to interactive math curriculum. Often, teaching concepts in a different or unusual way sparks understanding in the most difficult students. The fun activities designed by the Museum of Mathematics can help teach shape recognition, spacial reasoning, applied mathematics and fundamental principles of geometry and design.

Part of the Math Midway exhibit at the Liberty Science Center

Some of the exciting activities in the exhibit include laser lights, harmonograph drawings and the creation of musical notes through mathematical functions. Kids can walk across a giant monkey mat while learning about lines of symmetry. They can also play with the famous magnetic monkeys to recreate patterns and shapes. Three-D puzzle experiences are available in the Polyhedral Puzzle Plaza, where odd shaped blocks fit together to form giant geometric figures. More monkey fun can be had with a 3-D acrobatic exhibit where kids join various monkeys into rolling balls and other shapes.

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A visit to the Math Midway exhibit would not be complete without a ride on the square-wheeled tricycle. Kids and adults will marvel at the seemingly impossible function of the square wheels. The exhibit uses a round track composed of special curves called catenaries. The curves and oddly shaped wheels work together to make an impossible ride possible.Square wheel tricycle at Liberty Science Center

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Curtis Sliwa Riding the Square Wheeled Tricycle

Kids will have a great time exploring the exhibit while they learn mathematical concepts without realizing it. Collectible math coins and drawings created in the exhibit make great souvenirs of the educational experience. If the Math Midway sounds like a great family experience and you are interested in additional interactive math displays, the Museum of Mathematics will be celebrating its grand opening in 2012. The museum, which is dedicated to teaching and celebrating math, will be located in Manhattan.

The Liberty Science Center is located at:Liberty State Park 222 Jersey City Boulevard  Jersey City, NJ 07305

More information about the Math Midway Traveling Exhibition can be found on their site:  http://mathmidway.org/

Giveaway:

Thanks to Liberty Science Center one lucky Philzendia reader will win a Family 4 pack of tickets to enjoy the Liberty Science Center and the Math Midway Exhibit.  Best of all, there aren’t any blackout dates.

How To Enter:

Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter. Follow the instructions on the form. To perform a task,  click on “Do It – Click Here”, Then do the task. When you have completed the task, click “Did It” which will bring up a form where you can enter your name (first name last initial is fine) along with your email address.  You will also enter your username (Facebook, Twitter, GFC) for validation. You must leave some type of validation. All fields MUST BE filled in to count. Only your first name will be displayed.

Good luck, The giveaway ends Tuesday November, November 8th at 12:01 a.m. EST.


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Diane Nassy

Diane is a New Jersey-based writer and blogger. She is a wife and the mom of a 9-year-old little boy. Through her blog, she wants to inspire moms to find Zen in their lives while offering practical tips and other valuable information to help families deal with everyday issues. Check out Diane's Google+ profile "

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  • I love math because it was one subject I was always great at in school. It’s not fun though.
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