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Kinetic Exhibits

National Museum of Mathematics

Blue Telescope designed 11 unique experiences and a master control system for the National Museum of Mathematics, the first U.S. museum dedicated to math education. Designed to make math accessible and fun, these exhibits are bold and kinetic, incorporating a diverse range of learning and play styles to illuminate the structures and patterns in our world.

Some of the best interactives have no screens at all.

Dynamic Wall is a kinetic, undulating sculpture made of 128 thin panels stretching 12 feet high. Each panel is motorized at its top and base, enabling it to tilt back and forth at any variety of angles. The wall visualizes mathematical formulae and data in mechanical animations, using an open-source API to allow programmers and mathematicians to add their own patterns and algorithms for a truly dynamic experience.

The New York Times called Human Tree “the most popular exhibit in the museum.” As visitors approach a large projection surface, they see their images reflected back to them, with their arms replaced by images of their body. Soon, additional copies of their body appear in the image, as they become the trunk, branches, and sub-branches of a tree-like fractal. Visitors can choose from four seasonal themes, and can combine their tree with other visitors’ to form even more complex shapes.

Kinetic, hands-on learning empowers visitors to engage with, explore, and understand abstract math concepts.

PolyPaint invites visitors to decorate a digital canvas with a physical paintbrush; each brushstroke is repeated instantaneously in a wallpaper repeat pattern. Tile Factory lets visitors design their own tessellations, which can be sent to a laser cutter for a personalized souvenir. Game-based activities include a multi-touch table that uses physical tiles to present packing problems and a series of tablets that provide interpretation and clues for analog puzzles and games.

Awards

  • How Interactive Design Award
    Outstanding Achievement
  • Communicator Award
    Interactive Media / Education (Silver)
  • Summit Creative Awards
    Interactive Media / Education (Gold)