Saturday, September 29, 2012

Research Fair

At the end of September every year Norway celebrate scientific research with a slew of national events. Here in Trondheim we have two days of a 'Research Fair' where folks from education and industry set up stands inside two huge tents in the middle of downtown. Friday we welcome schools and Saturday we're open for the public. This year's theme was "Society". The Math Center (my workplace) teams up with the Math Institute every year, and this year our team met several times to create building materials so kids could make polyhedra and learn about how polyhedra contribute to art, arcitecture and science.

We glued magnetic balls to the ends of 50 cm long sticks, and they worked remarkably well as building materials. We decorated our stand with posters showing polyhedra in art, architecture, science and everyday living, and we also constructed a newspaper geodesic dome that we placed on top of our stand (see earlier post for instructions). We had three tables and a carpeted area for building. For two days we built stuff with kids and it was fantastic fun.

Maggie, Peter and Anna visited with their classes and spend a lot of time at our stand. Anna spent almost the entire time at the math stand, even coming back with me on Saturday to play some more. She set the record for tallest tower of the day!

Maggie built a box for Fr√ły

 

Anna sets the record!

Me and the gang with our fractal pyramid

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