Learning math can be fun. At least that’s the hope and belief of the Connecticut Science Center, which invited over 100 students from the Connecticut Pre-Engineering Program (CPEP), to visit their current exhibit called MathAlive!
The exhibit, sponsored nationally by Raytheon and locally by Stanley Black & Decker, uses video games, music, robotics and more to demonstrate and present fundamental math concepts in a fun and enjoyable way to children. Allison Jeannotte, director of community relations for Raytheon, says the defense contractor based in Waltham, Mass., is mostly composed of engineers and the national exhibit is meant to inspire todays children to enter the engineering field. MathAlive! is part of their MathMovesU program and the exhibit began at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, and is headed next to the Strategic Air & Space Museum in Ashland, Nebraska,
The goal of CPEP’s five week tuition-free Summer Gaming Challenge program is also to inspire and prepare children for future STEM careers but also keep their math skills working during the long summer. The program serves primarily under-represented middle-school students.