Teachers always hear students ask “When am I going to use this?” in math class.  Well, now the Design Zone exhibit at the Indiana State Museum is providing some answers to that question.

When Am I Going to Use ThisThe gallery features nine stations with various activities. “Design a Skate Park” uses algebra on a touch-screen game to adjust a skate ramp’s slope.  Multiplication is used in layering different beats creating one single soundtrack in an activity called “Drum Machine.”

Each station is designed to show how math or science is used in a real life situation.

“This exhibit is an example of ‘When am I going to use this in real life?’” said Beth Van Why, the museum’s associate vice president of exhibitions. “A lot of this is applying what middle-schoolers learn.”

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