Frankly, it was a fantastic time and I can’t help but feel that I’ll have more fun at the museum than my kids would!
The museum (first of its kind for mathematics in North America) is currently split up into two floors. The floors have numerous exhibits, though some are not fully functional due to pieces of certain exhibits being MIA due to Hurricane Sandy. The exhibits are accompanied by an interactive touch-screen interface that provides more information about each exhibit on three levels, including a basic level and an in-depth level. Volunteers and staff personnel were all extremely friendly and knowledgeable on the exhibits, despite the museum only being opened for three days as of today.
The beautiful thing about the museum itself is the numerous applications each exhibit can have, depending on the development of the child’s mathematical skills.
For example, the Rhythm of Life exhibit (second picture) allows for participants to use different household sounds and have them being played in fraction notes. My third graders can understand the fractions being used and how that connects to music, while older students can focus on equivalent fractions and complex music structures.
In regards to class trips, staff informed me that the museum day is broken up into two sections, a free-for-all upon opening of the museum and planned out lessons by the staff from 10:45 am on. I’m not a fan of a completely unstructured museum visit, so this was pleasant news for me to hear. Allowing for all of this makes me feel sure that all my students will come out of the museum learning something new.
Lastly, I absolutely love that all the exhibits are interactive. It was really hard for me to be bored on any level, which is remarkable since I tend to leave museums after an hour. I stayed two hours and got to see each exhibit more than once.
MoMath opened officially last Saturday and I can’t help but feel excited that this museum has an amazing amount of potential that can go beyond what we’d expect from a museum about math.
Bringing the abstract out of the concrete, MoMath does that well and in spades. Despite it being a developing museum, MoMath already has a wealth of excitement packed into every floor. Check it out yourself!