Math Comes Alive!

By: Katie Stukey Email
By: Katie Stukey Email
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An interactive exhibit exploring the world of math opens Saturday at the Strategic Air and Space Museum in Ashland, Nebraska.

Among the nearly 40 unique, hands on activities, visitors can capture a 360-degree image in a dance party or try their hand at using a NASA robot. Museum officials said there are also extra opportunities for teacher workshops or overnight visits.

The first word on the entrance is “math,” enough to make many people turn running, but if you're brave enough to step inside, it's no ordinary math lesson you'll find.

We've all heard kids complain about math, saying things like why do I have to learn math? I'm never gonna use it.

MathAlive! shows how arithmetic is applied in everyday life through activities kids enjoy such as video games, music, sports and more. Through unique, highly interactive experiences, the exhibit takes math from the classroom into the practical worlds of design, engineering, technology and science.

You might compare it to a new-age, high-end arcade, but instead of walking away with tickets and prizes you leave with a greater understanding of how everyday ordinary things operate.

Museum CEO Scott Tarry hopes this temporary display captures a new sense of purpose for the museum while still maintaining its current mission. "You can't have this spacecraft without math, science and technology and engineering. So our mission is to inspire the next generations of young people who will design and operate and take care of those next aviation vehicles, space vehicles."

The exhibit makes you think outside the box when it comes to effective curriculum strategies. "The museum has an awesome collection of aircraft and spacecraft, but for us to appeal to a broader audience and have a broader impact in the community, we want to broaden our mission."

WOWT is proud to sponsor MathAlive! which runs through January 5th. Click here for more information.

In addition to the exhibit, the WOWT Weather Authority Team will be presenting the Wicked Weather Road Show in the museum's auditorium. Mark your calendar now to attend one of the discussions:

  • September 21st at 11:30 a.m. & 1 p.m.
  • October 12th at 11:30 a.m. & 1 p.m.
  • November 16th at 11:30 a.m. & 1 p.m.
  • December 14th at 11:30 a.m. & 1 p.m.
  • January 4th at 11:30 a.m. & 1 p.m.

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