National Museum of Mathematics and Google Collaborate to Offer Cost-Free Field Trip Days for Title I Schools in NYC


New York, NY (PRWEB) February 27, 2015

With support from Google, the National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) announces Google Field Trip Days at MoMath, a new collaboration offering Title I schools in New York City free field trips to the only math museum in North America on ten days over the next year. On Friday, February 27, nearly 400 students in grades 6-8 from seven schools in the Bronx and Queens will visit MoMath for a day of hands-on activities and learning.

MoMath strives to fulfill the incredible demand for hands-on math programming with exhibits and programs that stimulate inquiry, spark curiosity and reveal the wonders of math to all who visit. Since its opening in December 2012, MoMath has attracted nearly 350,000 visitors, shattering attendance projections.

We are excited to begin our work with Google and look forward to bringing the love of mathematics to an even broader audience. We hope MoMaths interactive and entertaining exhibits will spark students curiosity and keep them interested in mathematics for life, said Glen Whitney, MoMath co-founder and President.

MoMath offers something for children of all ages, including more than 30 exhibits that reveal the wonders of math in its 19,000-square-foot space. Interactive, hands-on, engaging and fun, MoMaths exhibits invite participation and encourage experimentation in visitors at any level of mathematical understanding.

When we set out to create the only math museum in North America, we wanted to create a space where visitors could discover the many surprising aspects of mathematics that rarely make it into the classroom setting, said Cindy Lawrence, who joined Whitney in founding the Museum and now serves as Executive Director. Google Field Trip Days at MoMath will give students who might not normally visit a chance to see mathematics from a whole new perspective.

On February 27, students from JHS 162X, IS 131, Bronx Park Middle School and the South Bronx Academy for Applied Math in the Bronx along with students from MS 217, Redwood Middle School and IS 126 in Queens will participate in Google Field Trip Days at MoMath.

“Our students, probably since kindergarten, see mathematics out of the context of their lives. Questions such as ‘why does mathematics exist? and what’s the use of it?’ probably escape most of our students. By attending this trip, we will offer our students the opportunity to experience math from a whole different perspective and for them to experience the ‘what-if’ possibilities, said Angel Fani, who is bringing a group of students from JHS 162X in the Bronx.

Google and MoMath will provide a free lunch for each child attending, including 40 chaperones. The program will also provide busing to and from the Museum.

Title I schools interested in participating in Google Field Trip Days at MoMath and receiving a free or reduced cost trip to MoMath should visit titleone.momath.org.

Google Field Trip Days at MoMath are part of Maxima, MoMaths educational initiative that connects community-minded corporate and individual donors with students and schools who could not otherwise visit the Museum. Those interested in participating in Maxima should email admin(at)momath(dot)org.

For a complete list of upcoming events at MoMath, visit momath.org/about/upcoming-events/.

MoMath is located at 11 East 26th Street on the north side of popular Madison Square Park in Manhattan. The Museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. 5 p.m. For more information, visit momath.org.

About the National Museum of Mathematics

The National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) strives to enhance public understanding and perception of mathematics in daily life. The only math museum in North America, MoMath fulfills an incredible demand for hands-on math programming, creating a space where those who are math-challenged-as well as math enthusiasts of all backgrounds and levels of understanding- can revel in their own personal realm of the infinite world of mathematics through more than 30 state-of-the-art interactive exhibits. MoMath has also been awarded the bronze 2013 MUSE Award for Education and Outreach by the American Alliance of Museums. MoMath is located at 11 E. 26th on the north side of popular Madison Square Park in Manhattan. The Museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, visit momath.org.







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