Sunday, April 23, 2017

2017 National Math Festival

Living in the DC area, there is no shortage of fun and educational opportunities.  This weekend was the National Math Festival, so the kids and I took the subway into the city.

I've never seen anyone team kids math balloon creations.  A girl asked Savannah what shape balloon she wanted, then asked her math questions that would help build the shape that Savannah has asked for.

They had paper folding, bubble games, robots, mathematic artwork, science exhibits, and a large variety of lectures ranging from art and fractals to space and black holes.  The kids learned that even math can be fun!

The subway station:

Of course, the boys loved the robots.

NASA had an exhibit letting the kids conduct a science experiment measuring the attenuation of a variety of colors of light through different colored water.  Then they would chart the results.

The volunteers would help explain the mathematics involved with the art work.  It was really impressive.