Math trails are specified paths through parks, woodlands, fields, museums and neighborhoods. They engage students in their environment and improve mathematical thinking by posing thought provoking questions about measurement, shapes, patterns, symmetry, sequences, ratios and proportion, geometry, probability, algebra and similar mathematical concepts. They also provide a context to discuss and quantify the physical properties of existing and future environmental conditions, including diversity, density, composition, weather and climate.
We Build Math Trails
We create and design customized math trails for different venues: environmental centers and preserves, museums, amusement parks, bus tours, performing arts centers, train and airport terminals, national monuments, public libraries and spaces, construction sites, playgrounds and schools. Since math is a universal language, it can be used to explore every aspect of every environment, from the rug on a floor to a city in its entirety.
Our math trails in art museums change the lens through which students see art, by providing them a mathematical context to examine composition, shape, symmetry, form, scale, perspective and proportion. By integrating math into an art museum experience, students make connections and build understanding of concepts that transcend these seemingly discrete disciplines.
Our math trails in parks, natural landscapes and habitats enlighten students to the mathematical patterns and principles of the natural world, by revealing differences and similarities in size, scale, shape, composition, density, geometry, symmetry and growth rates and representing both physical and biologic characteristics using tables and graphs, expressions and equations, mathematical notation and conversion factors, symbols and models.
Our math trails in neighborhoods strengthen every student's civic engagement and build awareness of the powerful visual and mathematical expression of our urban landscape. When students examine shape, pattern and structure in their surroundings, they can identify examples of symmetry, similarity, Pythagorean Theorem, congruence, proportion, size and position and thereby begin to link the elements of design with the math of design.
The world is rich with mathematical gems, which when revealed to students enable them to broaden and deepen their mindset and enthusiasm for math.