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Geometry Playground is a project of the Exploratorium in San Francisco. Its largest product, four years in the making, is a major traveling exhibition that encourages visitors to use spatial reasoning, a kind of thinking where you make mental pictures of shapes and spaces. But the project was much more than just the exhibition.
The Geometry Playground team conducted two research studies of visitors who used pilot exhibits at the Exploratorium in 2009. One study investigated elementary school students and the impact of teacher-led geometry activities used before, during, and after their visit. The second study explored visitor interactions and spatial reasoning while using geometry exhibits. We also conducted several formative evaluation studies as the exhibits were being developed. Reports and articles from these studies are available in our Visitor Research and Evaluation area.
The Exploratorium’s Geometry Playground team partnered with several science centers across the country to strategize the development and installation of large-scale math exhibits at those museums, with support from the project’s National Science Foundation grant.
Geometry Playground also infused playgrounds with geometry. We installed a geometric net climber manufactured by our partner LSI, together with a label featuring geometry challenges and games, at Buena Vista/Horace Mann School in San Francisco. A similar climber and label were installed at Balboa Park in San Francisco. Both installations provide a mobile web link to more geometry activities to try on a playground.
We partnered with Landscape Structures, Inc. (LSI), a playground equipment manufacturer based in Delano, Minnesota, to design and fabricate our larger climbing structures.
Geometry Playground is scheduled to travel to the following museums:
June 2012 to June 2014
Science Museum Oklahoma
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
June 2014 to June 2015
Museum of Ancient Life at Thanksgiving Point
For information on bringing Geometry Playground to your museum, please email Adrienne Barnett, Project Lead with ExNET.
June 2011 to June 2012
Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
San Diego, California
January to May 2011
Don Harrington Discovery Center
October 2010 to January 2011
Science Museum of Minnesota
St. Paul, Minnesota
June to September 2010
San Francisco, California
The Exploratorium would like to thank the many people who made Geometry Playground possible.
Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
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