Title: New Exhibition Brings Circus of Mathematical Excitement to the Rochester Museum & Science Center
Dates: January 17–March 17, 2014
Location: 657 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607
Admission: Free with regular Museum admission: $13 adults, $12 seniors and college students with ID, $11 ages 3 to 18, free for RMSC members and children under 3.
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Media Contact: Debra Jacobson, Director of Marketing and Community Affairs
New Exhibition Brings Circus of Mathematical Excitement to the Rochester Museum & Science Center
ROCHESTER, NY—Experience the most fantastic, spectacular, stupendous exhibition in town! Visitors step right up to interactive Math Midway, a carnival-themed, traveling exhibition dedicated to the hands-on amazement of mathematics at the Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC). A tour of mathematical concepts, Math Midway features exciting and surprising activities that illustrate the principles of math. Math Midway is open to the public from January 17 through March 17, 2014 in the RMSC Riedman Gallery.
"Mathematics illuminates patterns that abound in our world," said Kate Bennett, president, RMSC. "We are excited to bring the math hidden all around us to life in Math Midway as our community's families explore concepts through fun games and puzzles."
Dynamic exhibits in Math Midway encourage mental exercise, which stimulate inquiry, spark curiosity and reveal mathematical wonders. Math Midway turns the common conception of mathematics into a circus of square-wheeled tricycles, giant blocks and simulated roller coasters. Visitors can:
Ride the square-wheeled tricycle in "Pedal on the Petals" and experience a surprisingly smooth trip.
Spin the "Universal Wheel of Chance" to understand probability. Visitors choose three cards and ponder which one is most likely to come up when the wheel is spun.
Dare to challenge the "Ring of Fire" and reveal cross-sections. Visitors hold one of the translucent solids in the light and see a glowing two-dimensional shape that changes when moved around.
Create their own functions with the "Organ Function Grinder." Each operation of the function transforms the number the participant chose and, in turn, also transforms the music.
Build their own art pattern with "The Mysterious Harmonograph." Visitors swing the harmonograph to move a pen and produce artistic designs.
Match shapes on the "Mathematical Monkey Mat" and find the symmetry points in the pattern.
Along with fun challenges, each section has a "Here's the Math" area explaining details. Visitors see how mathematics can be an experimental science and a lens through which to examine a real life situation. Math Midway is sure to ADD to the visitors' enjoyment, MULTIPLY their amazement and EXPAND their powers of perception.
Full or partial scholarships are available for school field trips. A special program for the Rochester City School District (RCSD) has enabled 2,600 city school students to sign up to visit for free. To qualify, the math teachers of these students took a professional development workshop on how to make the most of their visit to Math Midway. The RCSD administrators as well as RIT professors were instrumental in making the workshop possible. The trained math teachers are preparing a classroom lesson connecting to one of the exhibit components to extend and deepen their students' learning. OppenheimerFunds, a significant sponsor of the National Museum of Mathematics in New York City, and RMSC provided scholarships for full admission assistance while the RCSD is covering busing for these students. Teachers in the city who did not take the workshop, as well as teachers from any school district within traveling distance, are able to apply for partial scholarships for their students.
In addition, RMSC will turn into a 3-ring spectacular with its winter break program relating to Math Midway called Circus–Circus. From Saturday, February 15 through Sunday, February 23, visitors to the RMSC experience special performances and hands-on activities for the whole family. A juggler, sword-swallower, balloon artist, gymnast, magician and parkour expert are included in the line-up. Also, visitors explore the science of fire in a special "Fire Show" performed by the RMSC Players and meet live animals with the Animal Teachers and Anne Meade, and from the RMSC Carlson Inquiry Room.
Math Midway is presented by OppenheimerFunds. The media sponsor is Time Warner Cable. The Math Midway is a production of the National Museum of Mathematics, America's only museum dedicated to the wonders of mathematics, momath.org.
Admission to Math Midway is free with regular Museum admission: $13 adults, $12 seniors and college students with ID, $11 ages 3 to 18, free for RMSC members and children under 3. For group reservations and rates, call 585.697.1942. Math Midway is recommended for all ages.
The RMSC is open seven days a week. Regular hours are Sunday, 11am to 5pm and Monday through Saturday, 9am to 5pm. Visit www.rmsc.org for more information.
For high-resolution images and additional information, contact Debra Jacobson, Director of Marketing and Community Affairs, RMSC at 585.697.1944 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) includes the Science Museum, Strasenburgh Planetarium and Cumming Nature Center. Offering experiences at the Museum with more than 200 interactive exhibits, Planetarium with a 65-foot dome and Nature Center on 900 acres, the RMSC stimulates community interest in exploration. In addition, the more than 1.2 million RMSC collection items tell the story of Rochester's past including its rich history of innovation and invention. RMSC receives major funding from Monroe County, where it is of the top three most visited attractions serving children and families. For more information about RMSC, visit www.rmsc.org. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.