When I posted the link for MathAlive on our Facebook page, I acknowledged that I’m a nerd. I fully accept that. And my goal is to make learning so much fun (as my teachers did) that my children choose to be nerds as well! So, when I saw that there was an exhibit at the Smithsonian’s Ripley Center called MathAlive, we had to check it out!
The website states that it was designed for older children but, after visiting, I believe they also did a great job incorporating aspects to help younger children pick up the concepts, including: biking to learn graphing, snowboarding to learn angles, and dancing to learn fractal patterns!
You can also participate in rock climbing, design a skateboard, and build a bridge amongst other experiences! Our absolute favorite stop in the exhibit was the ability to take a 360-degree “Matrix-like” video of yourselves.
The great thing about this exhibit is that it is age-appropriate for everyone. I read the details of every panel, RJ just read enough of the directions to get the games started, and Rielle was just excited that when she pushed a button, there was a light and a sound. Yet, in the end, we all learned about math at our varied levels!
So, before the exhibit closes on June 3rd, make your way down to the Ripley Center to see how they made learning math fun for the entire family!
Smithsonian’s Ripley Center, International Gallery
1100 Jefferson Drive, SW
Hours: 10am – 5:30pm Daily