MathsAlive!

 

 

Come out to the Gravity Discovery Centre from the 14th of July to experience the MathsAlive! phenomenaMathsAlive! is designed to inspire, to spark the imagination, to reveal not only maths at work, but the endless possibilities maths can offer. Designed for families and students the exhibition brings to life the real math behind what kids love most—video games, sports, fashion, music, robotics, and more—and creates interactive and immersive experiences that bring to life the math at work in each, whether in design, application or use.

In this exhibition that spans 465 m2, you’ll ride a snowboard in a 3D experience, capture your 360-degree image in a unique interactive environment, jump into a fractal dance party, even design a custom skateboard for “pop”: the quick, snapping motion that allows a board to do the best tricks. Through dozens of unique, interactive experiences, the exhibit takes math from its native form into the applied worlds of design, engineering, technology and science.

You will explore and operate simulations of NASA’s latest robotics, including Curiosity Rover. Around a large-scale supertall design interactive, learn how engineers work to make a city hum while taking on different engineering roles to design a more sustainable infrastructure.

GDC & Maths Alive! Opening Hours

Tues, Wed, Thurs – 10am to 4pm
Friday and Saturday – 10.00 am to 8.00 pm
Sunday – 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
Closed Monday’s except open public holidays and school holidays


The exhibition is designed to help answer the age-old question: “Will I ever use all this maths they’re teaching us?”

 

 

Thematic Areas

MathsAlive! is split out in to different themed areas allowing the visitors to explore different fields of mathematics.

 

 

Outdoor Action… Adventure Sports

Experience Outdoor Action that explores the mathematics of movement. Enjoy exhibits like the Boardercross Snow Boarding experience. You can challenge each other to a snowboard race. By twisting and torqueing your body, you can angle your board and fly over obstacles, the results of your efforts displayed on an immersive screen

Build Your World… Environment

Explore the engineering and modelling of our world. Design your own ‘supertall’ skyscraper by making several choices about the building’s function, structure and design. Once the design choices are made, you will test a model of the building. If the design passes the test, it will be ‘built,’ triggering an animation on the stacked monitors that simulates time-lapse photography of construction of the building. It ends with a high quality, full-color concept rendering. The skyscraper display is surrounded by stations where you can take on different engineering roles and design a more sustainable infrastructure for a city.

 

Future Style… Style and Design

Style Revolution is one of the exhibits in this theme, you will step onto a photo stage, pose and have their image captured in 360 degrees, using the same freeze-motion technique made famous in contemporary action movies. Examine the inverse relationship between the number and size of the cameras’ angles.

 

Kickin’ It… Entertainment

Learn about frequency and timing with Flicker Fusion. Create a perfect animation by choosing the optimum frequency of rotation and optimum frequency of flashing light. The same principles and techniques are used in making modern animated films.

Game Plan

Try and Crack the (Binary) Code. Five large switches correspond to the first five binary bits, or digits 16, 8, 4, 2 and 1. Turn the switch on to indicate “1”. Turn it off to indicate “0”. Challenge yourself to create binary equivalents of the “Target Number”. See how many codes you can crack.

 

Robotics and Space

Join the exploration of Mars and control the movements of a virtual Curiosity rover on a flat tabletop touchscreen as it moves across a Mars landscape, by entering a series of commands to manoeuvre past obstacles. This is an exploration of programming and mathematical language.