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Math Investigations, a member of the math-educational syndicate Better
Living Through Mathematics, brings Mü-Math: The Mobile Unit to
Promote Mathematical Thinking, to the Governors Galleries on the Eastern
Side of Governors Island. Mü-Math features 15 different hands on,
minds on installations of logical agitprop that will challenge visitors
to perceive mathematics in new and potentially mind altering ways.
Designed and fabricted by Brooklyn resident, idealistic educator and reformed cynic Robert Berkman, Mü-Math: The Mobile Unit to Promote Mathematical Thinking, is the culmination of his professional work teaching pre-kindergarden through college level mathematics for more than 25 years. Reaching into his early background in industrial arts and graphic design, Berkman incoporates sheet metal, laser cut acrylic panels and flexible magnetic papers to fashion colorful, interactive displays which incorporate the distinct imagery of NYC. Each exhibit is hand-crafted to include minute details of New York life, from the pentagonal nut used to control fire hydrants to the rapidly disappearing mechanical parking meters.
Mü-Math is self-guided, with docents available to answer questions and drop hints, which may be helpful. A “Mathematical Tour” of Governors Island will also be available as a downloadable podcast that will guide visitors around the island with a special mathematical perspective on its history, geography and art. Visitors will be able to download the podcast after June 15 at www.smi-ny.com.
Volunteers Needed: email email@example.com for docent and internship opportunities.