In Curriculum Matters, Education Week’s blog, Erik Robelen writes about a new math museum that will “strive to ‘reveal the wonders’ of math.”
“The Museum of Mathematicsstrives to enhance public understanding of mathematics” states the MoMath website. “Its dynamic exhibits and programs will stimulate inquiry, spark curiosity, and reveal the wonders of mathematics. The museum’s activities will lead a broad and diverse audience to understand the evolving, creative, human, and aesthetic nature of mathematics.”
MoMath will not open until 2012, however activities such as letting visitors ride tricycles with square wheels along a track with curving terrain are being tested with MathMidway, a traveling exhibit currently at the Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas, TX until May 16, 2011. The exhibit will return to New York City for the World Science Festival Street Fair on June 5, 2011. It will then make an extended stay at New Jersey’s Liberty Science Center from October 7, 2011 through January 22, 2012.
The museum’s founder, Glen Whitney makes the point that the joy of discovering math has been lost to the “tyranny of the curriculum and the almost treadmill of standardized testing.” He goes on to say that there is beauty in the subject. “Math is evolving. It’s an act of human endeavor.”
Here at MetaMetrics, we couldn’t be more excited about the museum. This will be the only math museum in the United States and hopes to make the point that mathematics illuminates the patterns that abound in our world. We’ve worked hard to show that mathematics is not only necessary, but that it can be fun and accessible for all learners.
That’s why in 2004 we developed The Quantile® Framework for Mathematics. This practical metric allows educators to measure both student mathematical achievement and the difficulty of math skills and concepts. The use of the Framework is complemented by a number of mathematics utilities that assist educators and parents by allowing students to access differentiated math resources. If you haven’t already, I encourage you to take a look.