2014 Math Fair: At the Square Root of Fun

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.

Math Fair iConic Bounce House


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.

The Math Fair is a free family event, so visit www.mindresearch.org/mathfair for more information or to register.

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Abby Daniels

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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.


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