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MathAlive at Science Center makes numbers fun

PHOENIX — Kids all over the Valley are heading back to school today. If they’re not thrilled about math class, an exhibit at the Arizona Science Center may change their minds.

The Raytheon Company developed MathAlive, an interactive exhibit that’s traveling to science museums around the country. More than 13,000 visitors have come to the Arizona Science Center since it opened last month.

“It’s really for all ages,” said Laura Martin, a director at the center. “It introduces kids and parents and everyone to the amazing world of mathematics.”

Martin said it’s filled with exhibits that show how math affects everyday life. “Sports. They have exhibits that deal with design, with fashion, music, art, robotics. All these fabulous topics that kids love and that we love.”

“We have a lot about robots and the kind of planning and programming that you have to do to get them to work and design,” said Martin. She said the robot exhibit is “not unrelated to the astronomy exhibits and how math is used to plot the movement of planets.”

There’s not much math involved to find out what it’ll cost to see the exhibit this weekend — general admission is free Saturday and Sunday.

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