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One of the most interactive and inspiring science exhibitions exploring the world of mathematics ever to go on tour.

MathsAlive! is designed to inspire, to spark the imagination, to reveal not only maths at work, but also the endless possibilities that maths can offer. Primarily designed for children in years 3–8, the exhibition brings to life the real maths behind what kids love most – video games, sports, fashion, music, robotics and more – and creates interactive and immersive experiences that bring to life the maths at work in each, whether in design, application or use.

Visitors will ride snowboards in a step-on experience, capture their 360-degree image in a stop-motion video, and even try their hand at systems engineering for a city. Through unique, interactive experiences, the exhibition takes maths from its native form into the applied worlds of design, engineering, technology and science.

The institutional partners will support host museums with events, competitions and activities, helping museums to turn entire cities into ‘maths towns’, each with rich calendars of activities throughout the run of the exhibition. The supplementary resources, media, materials, events and programming will support museums in bringing maths into their institution and their local community meaningfully and effectively.

The exhibition debuted at Smithsonian Institution.

Developed in collaboration with:

  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
  • NASA
  • National Association of Professional Engineers
  • Society of Women Engineers
  • MathMovesU

The exhibition is underwritten by Raytheon.

No exhibition ever has better answered the age-old question: “Will I ever use all this maths they’re teaching us?”

Thematic areas:

  • Outdoor Action… Adventure Sports
  • Build Your World… Environment
  • Future Style… Style and Design
  • Kickin’ It… Entertainment
  • Game Plan
  • Robotics

Exhibition details:

  • Exhibition size: 465 square metres
  • Target audience: families, students from nursery to year 13 (with focus on years 4-9, ages 7-14)

For information about the MathAlive! USA tour, visit