Tuesday, July 21, 2015

A Day of Math in Boston!

I spent two full days in Boston last week with my husband, daughter and her fiancé.  Boston is a great city to visit so much history. This was my second trip to Boston my first trip was in April this year to the NCTM National Conference.

My daughter and fiancé gave us tickets to the U2 Concert in Boston for Christmas. Although I enjoyed the concert and had a wonderful time the highlight of the trip for me occurred the following day when we went to the Museum of Science

Entrance to the Exhibit
An ad for an exhibit at The Museum of Science, The Science Behind Pixar, caught my attention! My husband and I changed our plans and headed across the street to the use the train to get to the Museum. When we arrived it was wonderful to see so many excited children. Summer Camps were in full swing and  at least a dozen groups of students were there already. But, I saw young people engaged in activities (learning), excited to be interacting with the exhibits, and most stuck with an activity until they figured it out (perseverance).
 I would recommend planning a good portion of your time at the Museum to go through the exhibit. The exhibit uses interactive stations to help students understand how the movies go from and idea to a film. At each station there are also videos of people who work at Pixar explaining what they do during each stage of the process in making the film.

It is great that images like these are included they show students how 3D plotting is used to create the characters. I could go on and on about all the relevant MATH I found in this exhibit but I will break up the posts and include pictures and videos.

My husband was kind enough to demonstrate the 3D Plotting Interactive while I recorded.