Does geometry bring back stressful high school math memories? Geometry Playground, a new display opening Friday at San Francisco's Exploratorium, could help you rethink your associations with polygons and acute angles by moving geometry from the realm of proofs to a series of experiential exhibits that teach geometry through action.
Pictured is "Space-Filling Blocks," which requires visitors to rely on spatial reasoning, or "mental geometry," to stack a series of red blocks so there's no wasted space.
"Think of the tiles in your bathroom," the description reads. "Filling up space completely with almost no gaps in between is called tessellation. Experiment with what shapes do and don't tessellate and the orientation of the stacking required."
Geometry Playground includes more than 20 exhibits and specially commissioned artworks.
June 21, 2010 5:00 AM PDT
Photo by: Amy Snyder/Exploratorium
| Caption by: Leslie Katz
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