TERC Museum-Based Math Projects Featured in ASTC Magazine

January 10, 2006

The January/February issue of ASTC Dimensions, a publication of the Association of Science-Technology Centers, featured articles on two TERC projects centered around math learning in museum exhibits.

"Handling Calculus: Graphing Motion to Understand Math," written by Ricardo Nemirovsky, former senior scientist at TERC, and Eric Gyllenhaal, senior researcher at Selinda Research Associates, outlines the implementation of the Handling Calculus exhibit. This interactive exhibit at the Science Museum of Minnesota draws on the basic concepts of calculus, allowing visitors to link their own physical actions to resulting graphical representations.

Two articles are centered around the Math Momentum in Science Centers (MMSC) project. MMSC, led by TERC in collaboration with ASTC, took place over three years in 13 participating institutions, seeking to “find the math” in existing science-related exhibits and programs.

"Finding the Math: A Math Momentum Sampler" accounts the experiences of four MMSC teams from various institutions, including the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, the Buffalo Museum of Science, the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, and the St. Louis Science Center. "Gearing Up for Math: Professional Development Builds Capacity" describes the lessons that have emerged from MMSC staff observations, interviews, and feedback from participating museum staff.

Find the full articles on the ASTC Dimensions site.