A Visit to MoMath Reveals a World of Probabilities

On Wednesday, April 1, math teachers Mr. Broadus and Ms. Millado decided to give some of their Geometry, Algebra and Trigonometry students a break from classwork and it was no April Fool’s Day joke. Instead of spending their day in the classroom, a mixed group of 7th graders, freshmen, sophomores and seniors traveled downtown to Madison Square Park in order to visit the Museum of Mathematics (which might just be one of the coolest things to ever happen to math).

Behind its Pi shaped doorknob students spent a whole day exploring the museum and discovering the wonders of mathematics. They traded solving radical equations, graphing quadratic functions, and classifying quadrilaterals for interacting with the various exhibits which included solving puzzles, code-breaking, robotics, and making mosaic tessellations. MoMath even had a pair of square wheeled tricycles that everyone could take a turn riding!

After exploring the museum, students then participated in a probability workshop called Crazy Dice that explored how to find the same sample space of fair dice, but with different numbers on each face. For anyone interested in learning more about the ever changing nature of mathematics, the museum is open 364 out of 365 days in the year so there are pretty good odds that you’ll find a day that works for you!