Math is everywhere in nature! Look around! The pattern of spots on your dog, the delicate symmetry of butterfly wings, the shape of crystals in salt — all are evidence of some of the mathematical properties of nature.
Divided into four themes, including 20 interactives and one freestanding kaleidoscope, Nature’s Numbers provides opportunities for play with math and nature. The Repeating Patterns interactive explores patterns found in nature, such as those found in plants or snowflakes. Basic Shapes and Structures offers infinite opportunities for children to discover and become familiar with shapes found in nature. From arches in rock formations to spirals in seashells, the Designs in Nature station, relates nature specifically to math. And finally, by asking visitors to solve nature’s puzzles, we create a natural foundation for mathematical inquiry.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website