MathsAlive! at the Gravity Discovery Centre

Style revolution is one of the exhibits where you can step onto a photo stage, pose and have your image captured in 360 degrees, using the same freeze-motion technique made famous in contemporary action movies. Picture: Gingin Discovery Centre

The Gravity Discovery Centre in Gingin is hosting the first ever visit to Australia of the international interactive maths and science exhibit MathsAlive!, according to Opposition Regional Development spokesman Jim Chown.

Mr Chown said the exhibit’s Australian tour started at the Gravity Discovery Centre on July 14 and will run until November 7.

The discovery centre is at 1098 Military Rd, Yeal in the Shire of Gingin.

The discovery centre’s website said MathsAlive! was designed for families and students with the exhibition bringing to life the real math behind what young people love most—video games, sports, fashion, music, robotics, and more – creating interactive and immersive experiences that bring to life the math at work in each, whether in design, application or use.

In one exhibition that spans 465sqm you can 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 can also 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.

Mr Chown said the mission of MathsAlive! was to get young people interested in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) by showing them its connection to the things they relate to, including music, sports, movies and games.

“It is critically important that young people from across WA, including those in regional areas, have the opportunity to interact with exhibits such as MathsAlive!,” he said.

“This exhibit features high energy displays – from fashion to robotics to games – that tell exactly how maths plays a role in our lives.

“I am certain that young people from across WA will especially love custom designing their own video game and skateboard, and exploring the latest in robotics.”

Mr Chown said the Gravity Discovery Centre and Observatory already made a significant contribution to STEM education and MathsAlive! would be an exciting addition that furthers the Australian Government’s national innovation and science agenda to develop skills in science, technology, engineering and maths.

“MathsAlive! will help to address the next generation’s application of STEM skills, that will in turn fuel the global and economic security of our future.’’

Gravity Discovery Centre and Observatory chief executive officer Jan Devlin said the centre was delighted to host the world-class interactive exhibition.

“The MathsAlive! inquisitive approach to learning about maths will excite all ages and complement the existing activities available at centre,” she said.

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