Math Moves | Science Museum of Minnesota

Join other visitors in exploring key math concepts with activities that use your brain, your senses, and your hands and feet! Learn about ratio, proportion, fractions, geometry, and more in a physical, cooperative, and above all, memorable way.

Half, Whole, Double
Shadow Fractions

Experiment with scaled objects, your own body, and LED light to cast shadows on a grid. What does it take to reduce or enlarge the size of the shadow?

Partner Motion
Partner Motion

Get your whole self involved in this partner activity! Walk back and forth, slowly and quickly, creating graphs of your motions. You’ll discover a new way to think about how your rates compare.

Shapes in Circles
Drawing with Gears

Use gears and wheels to create complex proportional drawings. The patterns will repeat after a fixed number of rotations and are determined by the ratio of the gears used at a particular time.

Developed by a partnership between Explora, Albuquerque; Museum of Life & Science, Durham; Museum of Science, Boston; Science Museum of Minnesota, Saint Paul; Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Education (CRMSE), at San Diego State University and TERC, Cambridge, with support from the National Science Foundation.