Aberdeen Science Centre explores maths in new exhibit

ABERDEEN Science Centre is opening new a exhibit exploring the relationship between maths and motion as part of its latest theme. 

Maths in Motion will see the introduction of new workshops and activities to the centre, running during weekends and school holidays from December 2023 to February 2024.  

Aberdeen Science Centre received funding from Maths Week Scotland, which develops an annual calendar of events and special activities.

The new Moving Pictures Workshop will introduce the fundamentals of stop-motion animation to discover how the human eye perceives a series of still images as movement. 

Aberdeen Science Centre attracts over 50,000 visitors a year

This workshop will also see the attendees make their own stop-motion movies, including designing characters, scenery and crafting their own narrative.  

New exhibition floor activities are also being introduced, including experiments that explore maths concepts such as accuracy, precision, probability and symmetry by rolling dice, flying paper planes and investigating the science of snowflakes. 

For younger visitors, new maths-themed story sessions and games will be available in the centre’s designated under-6 zone. 

In addition to the workshop and activities, Aberdeen Science Centre will also host maths experts who will be available to engage with the centre’s visitors in January 2024. 

Calli Buchanan, public programme co-ordinator at Aberdeen Science Centre, said: “We are excited to continue our ongoing collaboration with Maths Week Scotland for our latest theme, Maths in Motion.

“Visitors to the centre can create their own stop-motion films, explore how maths and motion go hand in hand with our probability and accuracy activities and can take part in maths-based challenges.

“Each new activity will be fully inclusive, with our visitors being able to take part and have fun no matter their age or prior maths knowledge.

“We have worked with Maths Week Scotland for close to five years now, with our maths-related activities reaching more than 25,000 people over that time.”  

Ailsa Brien, Maths Week Scotland co-ordinator, said: “This year’s theme has highlighted the exciting links between maths and sport, animation, engineering, weather and more.

“Aberdeen Science Centre’s commitment to showcasing the joy of maths means their Maths in Motion interactive activities are bound to engage and enthuse all ages.”

Located on Constitution Street near Aberdeen beach, ASC is home to almost 65 interactive exhibits, allowing discovery of topics including Space, Energy and Engineering.