Updated 12/16/2012 04:22 PM
Connect A Million Minds: Museum Of Math Opens In Manhattan
The nation's only Museum of Math officially opened to the public Saturday in Manhattan. NY1's Shazia Khan filed the following report.
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With such passion for the subject, it was no surprise to find 11-year-old Princia Greenwood exploring the Museum of Mathematics.
"Math is all around you in the world, so you have to learn about it," Greenwood said.
MoMath, as it's known, is the nation's only museum dedicated to numbers, shapes and all things mathematical.
"What we want to do is share with lots of people, as many as we can, the wonder and joy that comes from exploring something on your own and discovering new things," said Glen Whitney, the founder of the Museum of Mathematics. "That's a side of mathematics that most people don't get a chance to see, and it's something that we think that everyone can have an opportunity to do here."
The museum offers more than 30 interactive exhibitions. At Coaster Rollers, NY1 found kids pulling their weight in the subject.
"When my teacher is teaching, I just get tired, and this is much more funner than sitting there and doing times tables all day," said third grader Tristin Casanova Rodriguez.
Others learned the math and joy behind a tricycle with square wheels.
"It was pretty bumpy, but it was still very fun," said second grader Jaron Fisch.
Several high school students worked to build a cube, taking about 30 minutes to assemble the pieces.
"In mathematics, there's the elegant solution and there is the brute force solution," said Ahmed Abdelqadar, a senior at Brooklyn Tech High School. "We did the brute force. We literally tried to go through every solution we could."
The concept of geometry was not lost on some of the younger minds, either.
"If you have one shape and you have another shape, they fit in each other in a certain way, so you can, like, build the Empire State Building, sort of," said third grader Ellis Rubin. "Maybe a mini version of it.
When it comes to having fun with mathematical concepts, age is nothing more than a number. Each exhibit can be appreciated on many different levels.
"I feel a place like this can help open a kids's mind and open a parent's mind to the importance of math," said parent Sarah Chumsky.
For more information about science, technology, engineering and math opportunities, go to connectamillionminds.com.