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Space Center Houston’s New Exhibit Math Moves! Builds Learning Power

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HOUSTON, Feb. 24, 2017 – Exponentially grow your math power in Space Center Houston’s all-new spring exhibit Math Moves! Feb. 25-April 23. The hands-on experience is spring training for the mind.

“Our spring exhibit is highly interactive and full of exciting experiments and engaging math challenges,” said the center’s President and CEO William T. Harris. “It encourages people of all ages to explore and have fun with math, while gaining a deeper understanding of fundamental principles.”

Created by the Science Museum of Minnesota, Math Moves! local presentation is made possible by the city of Webster. This rich and engaging exhibit presents more than 20 hands-on activities where visitors playfully investigate ratios and proportions. Math Moves! is an immersive environment in which visitors use their entire body to explore math.

There’s something for everyone with an array of hands-on activities. Visitors will work together to create graphs of their motions and compare the different rates of motion. Another activity taking visitors through the concept of proportion uses their body as a measuring tool. Using their mind and body, visitors will sit in three chairs that are identical in every aspect except proportional scale. Visitors will to investigate how the chairs differ in size and learn about ratios between different-sized objects.

Guests will use a proportion wheel as a design tool on a mechanical drawing table to draw harmonic patterns. The device uses several interchangeable gears at a time, allowing visitors to produce a complex, circular drawing on paper to take home or post in this area of the exhibit.

The exhibit encourages a collaborative approach to solving problems. Open-ended activities provide opportunities for visitors to talk about solutions to the challenges in the exhibit’s activities. They can discover how NASA scientists, engineers and astronauts use math in real life to explore space, find new planets, increase the speed of rockets, operate spacecraft and more.

This local presentation is made possible by the city of Webster. Math Moves! is in collaboration with Explora, Albuquerque, Museum of Science, Boston and the Museum of Life and Science, Durham.

Savor the spring time and explore Space Center Houston. Save on admission with a CityPASS and explore Space Center Houston plus four other top attractions. Purchase a CityPASS in-person or online at spacecenter.org/citypass. For more information, visit spacecenter.org.

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The Manned Space Flight Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit science and space learning center with extensive educational programs. Space Center Houston is the cornerstone of its mission to inspire all generations through the wonders of space exploration. The center draws more than 1 million visitors annually, was called “The Big Draw” by USA Today and generates a $73 million annual economic impact in the greater Houston area. Space Center Houston is Houston’s first and only Smithsonian Affiliate and the Official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center. More than 200,000 youth from around the world visit the center annually to experience our educational space museum with more than 400 things to see and experience. For more information, go to www.spacecenter.org.

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