Practical applications for a variety of complex math theories were at the center of an in-school field trip for third- through sixth-graders at Setauket Elementary School and the district’s secondary students when the Math Midway 2 Go travel exhibit visited the buildings.
Created by the Museum of Mathematics in NYC, the exhibit included six interactive stations that captivated and engaged students in concepts ranging from geometry and algebra to probability, statistics and number systems. At each of the exhibits, the students conducted a hands-on experiment and learned about the mathematics behind the lesson. For example, at the “roller graphicoaster” station, students experimented with the slope of a roller coaster. At the “ring of fire” location, they explored cross-sections of 3-D shapes by using a laser light and solid objects.
“This exhibit allowed the students to learn about mathematics beyond the lessons explored in the classroom and understand how they are applied to the world around them,” said Rocco Vetro, mathematics chairperson at R.C. Murphy Junior High School.