As August 2 quickly approaches, the MIND Research Institute team is busily preparing for events and activities unlike anything you -- or even we -- have ever seen before. The 2014 Math Fair: At the Square Root of Fun, is all about providing a memorable learning experience, with math-themed activities that excite and inspire kids of all ages. As the event draws closer, Sums & Solutions will provide some sneak peeks at what’s in store for Math Fair participants.
MIND’s iConic Bounce House
What is better than a bounce house? A bounce house that engages students in mathematical thinking! Geometric forms such as parabolas, hyperbolas, ellipses and circles are created where colored planes intersect with a cone, depending on the angle of intersection. Although this traditionally is a difficult concept for kids to fully understand, the conic bounce house is designed to bring the concept to life on a large scale, and invite kids to playfully interact with it. At this bounce house, designed by MIND Research and created just for this event, children can climb the 40-foot tall structure, pose for a photo with JiJi, and learn to identify the shapes on display. Older children and parents can explore the ST Math Parabola Balloons game for a more advanced understanding of the math at play in this exhibit. In another hands-on exhibit, children will be able to build their own cones with colored sections.
Abby Daniels was Director of Communications at MIND Research Institute, where she worked for over 10 years as the organization transformed from a small, local nonprofit to a national leader in education.