Blue Telescope Studios Creates 9 Interactive Exhibits for Museum of Mathematics Launch

Feb 14, 2013

Blue Telescope Studios, the interactive exhibit agency, has launched 9 interactive exhibits which will educate and entertain visitors to the newly opened Museum of Mathematics in New York, NY. Blue Telescope Studios’ installations utilize a variety of technological platforms and have been featured in national media including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and USA Today.

The exhibits provide engaging, hands-on ways for visitors of all ages to discover the role math plays in our everyday lives and activities, and to virtually and physically experiment with mathematical concepts and principles in fun, skill-appropriate ways. The exhibits include:

  • Human Tree, a large-scale experience that repeats a visitor’s image in fractal patterns to form spectacular animated tree shapes, referenced by the New York Times as “…[one of] the museum’s best exhibits.”
  • Feedback Fractals, an exhibit where visitors combine live camera feeds to create stunning real-time fractals.
  • Enigma Café, a set of tablet interactives featuring classic mechanical puzzles and the history and hints behind them.
  • In Plane Sight, which challenges guests to move a digital screen through a virtual object and identify it only through its cross sections.
  • Finding Fifteen, a 2 player addition game using mechanical levers and a secret strategy.
  • Shape Ranger, which challenges visitors to pack shapes as tightly as possible using a high-tech multi-touch table.
  • Tile Factory, where visitors design complex interlocking tiles on touch screens before seeing them brought to 3-D life in cardboard, wood, or plastic.
  • Polypaint, a virtual painting experience which illustrates the concept of pattern symmetry.
  • Pattern Pants, a colorful way to explore Polypaint creations by projecting patterns onto guests’ clothes.
  • Blue Telescope Studios will also create 3 additional interactive exhibits which will be introduced at the Museum of Math in the following months:
  • Beaver Run, a game of rotating turntables and mechanized beavers which illustrates graph connectivity and the math behind simple closed curves.
  • Mind Over Measure, a hybrid physical-digital exhibit that challenges visitors to isolate pellets by transferring them between cylinders.
  • Dynamic Wall, a spectacular shifting wall made up of 128 rectangular slats, which move in synchronization to visualize mathematical formulae.

Mathematics illuminates the patterns that abound in our world. The Museum of Mathematics strives to enhance public understanding and perception of mathematics. Its dynamic exhibits and programs will stimulate inquiry, spark curiosity, and reveal the wonders of mathematics. The museum’s activities will lead a broad and diverse audience to understand the evolving, creative, human, and aesthetic nature of mathematics. For more information, visit http://momath.org/.