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

MathAlive! is designed to inspire, to spark the imagination, to reveal not only math at work, but the endless possibilities of math. Primarily designed for kids in grades 3-8, the exhibition brings to life the real math behind what kids love most – video games, sports, design, music, robotics and more – and creates interactive and immersive experiences that bring to life the math 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 freeze-motion video, try their hand at master engineering a model city, design a supertall skyscraper, and even design a skateboard to give it more ‘POP.’ Plus, two new interactive experiences have just been launched… In “Extreme Weather Alert,” visitors can analyze weather data, and record their own weather telecast, which they can send to themselves. “Cyber Security” lets visitors step inside an online computer game, where they are challenged to defend against invaders—like computer bugs and viruses—using computer passcodes, multi-factor authentication, and simple code sequences.

Through dozens of unique, interactive experiences, the exhibit takes math 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 turn entire cities into ‘math towns,’ each with rich calendars of activities throughout the run of the exhibition. The supplemental resources, media, materials, supported events and programming will support museums in bringing math meaningfully and effectively into their institution and their local community.

Premiere Venue:
The exhibition debuted nationally 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 national exhibition is underwritten by Raytheon.

Thematic Areas:

  • Adventure Sports
  • Environment
  • Style and Design
  • Entertainment
  • Video Games and Other Games
  • Robotics and Space

Exhibit Links:

Exhibit Details:

  • Exhibit size: 5,000 square feet
  • Target Audience: families, students grades K-12 (with focus on grades 3-8, ages 7-14)
  • Lead Mathematics Advisor: Jan Mokros
  • Designers: Rick Goodwin Design & Fricker Studio
  • Creative Director: Susan Kirch
  • Content Developer: Sharon Simpson

Now Showing:

Aerospace Museum
McClellan, California
February 17, 2024 – May 31, 2024

Upcoming Venues:

Science Museum of Virginia
Richmond, Virginia
September 28, 2024 – January 12, 2025

Sloan Museum
Flint, Michigan
February 1, 2025 – May 11, 2025

Past Venues:
Washington, District of Columbia, Smithsonian Institution
Phoenix, AZ, Arizona Science Center
Huntsville, AL, U.S. Space & Rocket Center
Houston, TX, Space Center Houston
Hartford, CT, Connecticut Science Center
Omaha (Ashland), NE, Strategic Air & Space Museum
Wichita, KS, Exploration Place
Boston, MA, Museum of Science
Dallas, TX, Perot Museum of Nature and Science
San Diego, CA, San Diego Air & Space Museum
Cleveland, OH, Great Lakes Science Center
Colorado Springs, CO, Space Foundation Discovery Center
Robins AFB, GA, Museum of Aviation
Wright-Patterson, OH, National Museum of U.S. Air Force
Hampton, VA, Virginia Air and Space Museum
St. Louis, MO, Saint Louis Science Center
Tampa, FL, Glazer Children’s Museum
Fort Walton Beach, FL, Emerald Coast Science Center
San Antonio, TX, Witte Museum
Las Vegas , NV, Springs Preserve
Huntsville, AL, US Space & Rocket Center
Perth (Gingin), AU, Gravity Discovery Centre
Canberra, AU, NCA East Gallery
Honolulu, HI, Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum
Los Angeles, CA, California Science Center
London, UK, Royal Air Force Museum
Detroit, MI, Michigan Science Center


To learn more about MathAlive!, please contact:

Anne Kinsey

Christi Klingelhefer