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Symmetry, Sequence, and Starfish: Exploring Math in Nature

Sunday, April 24, 2016

12:00-4:00 PM

  Wagner Museum Case 25A, Photo by John Woodin.

Count on having exponential fun when science meets math at the Wagner Free Institute of Science on Explorer Sunday! Discover patterns and sequences in Wagner museum specimens; see how complicated math was done in the age before calculators with the aid of our giant, historic slide rule; and learn the mysterious ways that math and nature intersect from professionals in different science disciplines.

Activities such as slide rule demonstrations and math- and nature-themed arts and crafts will take place throughout the afternoon and are geared toward children ages 6-12.

There will be a special activity using approximately 29,000 K’Nex pieces to build a gigantic Sierpinski triangle to the 9th level in our yard! The patterns of the Sierpinski triangle illustrate important principles from the new mathematical field of fractal geometry. Everyone will have a chance to build a triangle fractal and connect to others to make the main triangle. This large display is a helpful way for us to understand the repeating fractal patterns that we find in nature, like those of the tree branches that also line our yard.

Visitors of all ages are welcome to visit the museum - it's a perfect time to come to the Wagner on a weekend when we are usually closed!

K&E Demonstration Slide Rule, Collection of the Wagner Free Institute of Science.

Admission is Free. Suggested donations of $10 for adults and $5 for children. Any amount helps support the Institute's mission.

This event can be ASL interpreted upon request.

The Wagner Free Institute of Science is excited to be a core collaborator in the 2016 Philadelphia Science Festival, an innovative, nine-day celebration that explores the many ways that science and technology touch our everyday lives. A citywide collaboration that runs April 22-30, the Festival unites 200 of the region’s most influential institutions, museums and cultural centers in a common goal. We hope you will join us for Symmetry, Sequence, and Starfish: Exploring Math in Nature and explore the other 70+ events available throughout the Festival. Created, organized and led by The Franklin Institute and presented by The Dow Chemical Company, the annual Festival brings science to restaurants, parks, breweries, libraries, museums and other neighborhood places! Learn more at www.PhilaScienceFestival.org.




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