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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Extreme Math

The San Diego Air and Space Museum in Balboa Park will launch an exciting new exhibit this weekend.

2theXtreme–MathAlive! opens January 31 and features all kinds of real-world math in action.

Designed for families and students, the exhibition brings to life the real math behind what kids love most – video games, sports, fashion, music, robotics and more.

The exhibit includes interactive and immersive experiences that bring to life the math at work in each, whether in design, application or hands-on use.

Read more and watch a preview video at

2theExtreme - Math Alive!

San Diego Air & Space Museum

The San Diego Air & Space Museum in Balboa Park

For educators, the museum is offering group tours of the exhibit, a preview video, and a Teacher's Activity Guide. This idea guide can be printed by activity or in its entirety. Download MathAlive Activity PDF

The activities in the Teacher's Activity Guide can be used before or after your visit to the exhibit.

They are designed for teachers as well as community group leaders and museum educators who work with upper elementary and middle school-aged students.

The Guide is organized into six sections that match the theme areas of the exhibit:

  • Adventure Sports
  • Environment
  • Style/Design
  • Entertainment
  • Video Games
  • Robots/Space

The activities can be adapted for younger and older students. Most supplies are easy to find and inexpensive.

A chart is included to show the links between the activities, the math content, and the related component from the national "Principles and Standards for School Mathematics." Also included is a brief overview of the exhibit itself to prepare for your visit and support your follow-up activities.

The exhibition is designed to answer the age-old question: "Will I ever use all this math they're teaching us?"

One of the fun hands-on activities lets you jump onto a pivoting snowboard (without the snow), angle your board and fly over obstacles while racing friends and other guests to the finish line. You'll also design and play your own video game, jump into a fractal dance party, and even design a custom skateboard.

Exhibit Display  


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