WEST ORANGE, NJ - On May 16, fifty Liberty Middle Schools visited the “MoMath Museum” in New York City, a hands-on museum targeting students in grades 4-8 and offering 34 interactive exhibits focusing on making math fun.
“It is great to see a place that is entirely devoted to mathematics,” said Eighth grade Math teacher Shrina Patel, who also organized the trip. “There are so many times when students ask where they can use math in real-life situations, and the museum provided these examples as well as a learning opportunity that they can use now and in the future.”
Students explored several mathematical disciplines as they learned about cryptography (how to encrypt and decrypt code using a substitution cipher); the basic tools of knot theory (by forming human knots); tessellations (using different shapes and figures to create larger ones); and more. They also visited the Human Tree, where they created fractal images of themselves.
“The math museum was really interesting and I had a wonderful time,” eighth grade student Selene Headley said.
Prior to the trip, the students created projects connecting mathematics to real life. They created NJ Ask posters, a multimedia presentation about lacrosse, math-based storybooks, geometric figures, and collages.
For more information on the MoMath Museum, visit their website at: www.momath.org.