Do you want to launch rockets? Learn magic tricks? Make cool stuff? You can do all that and more with The Math Explorer.
The Exploratorium created The Math Explorer for leaders who run afterschool programs for middle school youth. Why? Because more middle school kids would like math if they learned it the Exploratorium way. Because turning off to math closes off career paths. Because we want kids to see how math can be useful, interesting, and (dare we say it?) fun.
The Math Explorer has games for kids who like playing, crafts for kids who like making things, science experiments for kids who like to experiment. And for leaders, The Math Explorer has clear, simple explanations of math that you never learned (or you’ve forgotten).
Here are a few sample activities from The Math Explorer.
Use the numbers on four cards to make up equations that equal the number on a fifth card.
Do a card trick that's guaranteed to make you look like a mind reader.
Launch a rocket with a plastic pop bottle and use Height Site to figure out how high it flies.
Make a tool that lets you measure how tall a building is or how high a rocket flies.