Math can be challenging. Indeed, many people love to hate it. But math is an important part of our world. April is Math Awareness Month. This year, there’s a new U.S. festival to help us celebrate it.
Without math, we’d have no jet engines to power our airplanes and no computers to play with. Math is used to makemovie magic, sculpture and more. On April 18, 2015, the Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C., will be filled with math. The museums around the Washington Mall will host this festival, featuring an obstacle course, treasure hunts, art exhibitsgames, and puzzles — all based on a mathematical theme. Experts will give provide examples of how number-based calculations affect our lives and showcase math-based skills such as computer programming — how we instruct computers about what to do.
The fest is free and suitable for all ages. It is sponsored by the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, the Institute for Advanced Study and the Smithsonian Institution.