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Math You Can Use

  • Wednesday, February 21, 2018
  • 2:00pm - 4:00pm

The world of mathematics is amazing, but if you feel you’re not good at math, then it is anything but. In this class we will turn what can sometimes feel like a scary topic into one that is understandable and useful.

Students will find the fun in math by stepping back in time to see how Pythagoras, Archimedes and other ancient scientists used math to discover the size of the Earth, to determine the distance to the Moon, and to understand why a boat floats.

Then, as we learn a couple of easy math formulas, we will step out into the Museum’s exhibit halls and learn to measure heights and distances of unreachable objects. We will use tools as simple as two sticks, and as modern as distance-finding lasers. We will then return to the lab, set up some exciting experiments in buoyancy and use math to predict the outcomes.

By the time the student returns home, they will be able to estimate the height of their own house or a tall backyard tree, and maybe even figure out the size of the Earth!

Additional information for this class: Because of the nature of this class, a parent or supervising adult must attend with their student. We will be working in small groups throughout exhibit areas of the Museum doing measuring exercises.

Registration information:  Registration is full for this program.

For more information contact Missy Chernick, Head of Scheduling, at 919.707.8860.


  • Fee: $10 per Adult & Child Pair; $7.50 per Member Adult & Child Pair; $10 per additional Child; $7.50 per additional Member Child.
  • Requirements: Minimum age 10 (minors must be accompanied by an adult). Class is suitable for a wide-range of math abilities, from simply understanding how to calculate the area of a square up to beginning trigonometry.
  • Cancellation Notice: Refunds only issued if the Museum cancels the program.
  • Program Instructor: Bob Alderink
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February 21
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$10 per Adult & Child Pair; $7.50 per Member Adult & Child Pair; $10 per additional Child; $7.50 per additional Member Child.


Natural World Investigate Lab

Nature Research Center
121 West Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27601 United States
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Missy Chernick