Who's Afraid of Math?

Interactive exhibition looking at mathematics differently

This exhibition is unique in its design as an interactive educational activity that is attractive to multi-age population.

It makes mathematical ideas accessible and interesting

Prof. Nitsa Movshovitz-Hadar
The Technion - Israel Institute of Technology

This morning you dropped your child at school, passed by the local bank, picked up your espresso and got to work avoiding the usual traffic jams.

 You might not be a math genius, you don’t have a sophisticated algorithm in your head and yet you managed to get there fast and efficiently. This is math in action.

The "Who’s Afraid of Math'' exhibition attracts venue visitors via its one of a kind unparalleled interaction, providing enthusiastic access to mathematical insights, heightening visitor interest.

The multi-faceted interactive exhibition has become a welcome addition to a wealth of science centers worldwide and we are constantly striving to add the “Who’s Afraid of Math?” exhibition to more relevant venues globally to share in our success.

 

Math touches all of our lives, and we chose familiar content to communicate this. Such content as the human body, geography, and language is used to communicate sophisticated mathematical concepts to make math more accessible.

 

This novel approach to teaching math paved the way to creating the unique and interactive exhibition curated by Dr. Hadar Ben-Sade and consultant Mathematician Ran Segal, together with interactive designers Yiftah Prat and Roy Figovsky. 

 

Originally designed for PERACH’s 5 science centers, The “Who’s Afraid of Math?” exhibition encourages everyone to engage with the interactive installations, allowing them to experience first-hand the phenomena of mathematics. "Who's afraid of Math?" is fun & engaging and can cater to both groups and individuals.

 

 

PERACH founded at the Weizmann Institute of Science, PERACH (meaning Flower in Hebrew) pairs up children in need from underprivileged backgrounds with university students who act as their mentors, giving the child personal attention and serving as a role model. The care that PERACH children receive from their mentors, helps them realize their potential and blossom into motivated and empowered individuals.

 

Over the past 45 years, PERACH has become a source of inspiration and practical support to PERACH-like organizations, now operating in more than 20 countries worldwide.

 
 

Available for acquisition as a whole or as separate exhibits

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Recommended floor space is 100 sqm

Includes 15 interactive exhibits

​Suitable for visitors aged 9 and older

 

Dr. Hadar Ben Sade - The curator

 

As I began to seriously think about this new project, many diverse branches of mathematics came to mind; in each of them I saw how great math is.

I saw math in musical instruments and music in general, math in the human body and in nature, math as language and math as part of geography and even math in my children's games.

It was this multitude of issues that emerged from every side that brought me, along with my math consultant and staff, to recognize and understand what the exhibition would be about.

Just as I started thinking about curating this exhibition, I discovered the various mathematical concepts surrounding me. It is not just reserved for academics; Math is on the streets, at home and even within us.

This is how I realized that what really matters to me in curating this exhibition, is not a specific branch of mathematics, and this guided in a completely different direction. I wanted to create an exhibition that deals with 'everyday' mathematics, to show how math is an integral part of us as individuals and as a society. The aim of the exhibition was to show how intuitively each and every one of us practices math and encounters it on a constant basis.

 

Despite the great beauty I found in math, I knew many were afraid of it, both children and adults alike. This common “Fear” strengthened my desire to show how much beauty there is in math and especially - its usefulness and its effect on us daily.

The exhibits offer an attractive, clever and user-friendly

introduction to different topics which have direct relevance to everyday life

Dr. Moshe Rishpon
founder and former director of the Clore Garden of Science

at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

 

© 2020 PERACH, Yiftah Prat, Roy Figovsky