Around the U.S.

Intrigued by the National Math Festival, but unable to travel to Washington, D.C.? Play along in your hometown by visiting one of dozens of museums around the U.S.that will be offering Zometool Bubble Station demos on Saturday, May 4th!

Explore Math at a Zometool Bubble Station

Zometool is a construction set that allow players to build beautiful and fascinating models from simple to profound. In fact, NASA has used Zometool for AIDS virus research in space and for a space station project! And the bubbles? Why, they’re soap bubbles, of course – but with a geometric twist.

Can you imagine using a bubble wand and dish soap to make a square bubble? How about a cubic, spiral, saddle-shaped, wormhole, or parabolic-shaped bubble? With the Zometool Bubble Stations, everyone from young kids to grown-up mathematicians will find delight in exploring how the principle of “minimal surfaces” makes possible not just the round soap bubbles we all know from our childhoods, but—with differently shaped Zometool “bubble frames”—geometric soap bubbles of many surprising forms.

 

 
 

2019 Festival: Participating Museums

Thank you to all ASTC members who have signed up to host a Geometric Bubble Blowing activity in May 2019! More museums will be added throughout early 2019.

Alabama

Arkansas

Arizona

California

Colorado

Connecticut

Delaware

Florida

Idaho

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas

Kentucky

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Puerto Rico

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Vermont

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming

ASTC Members: Host a National Math Festival Event on Saturday, May 4, 2019

Museums that are members of the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) are invited to celebrate the 2019 National Math Festival by hosting Zometool Bubble Station demos and other mathy activities at their institutions on Saturday, May 4, 2019!

Learn more and sign up online

Download the event kit promotional card (PDF). Questions? Contact [email protected].   

NEW! Read about a recent Geometric Bubble Blowing event hosted by the Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley, California.

Celebrate math wherever you are!

Join us online—all year round! While you’re waiting for the next National Math Festival, you can explore More Math! activities, with a curated collection of games, magic tricks, logic puzzles, videos, books, and more. We add new content each month, and there’s sure to be something for everyone to enjoy!
For more ways to get involved with the National Math Festival anywhere in the U.S., you can share your math pictures and stories on social media by tagging @natmathfestival on Twitter.

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