On Saturday, February 26, 2011, the BU Student Chapter of the MAA (Mathematical Association of America) hosted a trip to Boston’s Museum of Science. Having been granted funding from the Student Activities Office for the tickets, all 17 students in attendance were able to enter the museum free of charge.
The Museum of Science is home to many interesting exhibits, focused primarily on math and science. Some of those that members found most interesting were the “Mathematica” exhibit (a large collection of interactive models which represent mathematical concepts from a broad range of areas including probability, topology, Boolean algebra, geometry, calculus, and logic), “Innovative Engineers” (where students competed to build the fastest or the greatest load-bearing boat), the “Lightning” show (a presentation about lightning and conductivity), and “Optical Illusions” (a presentation about optical illusions based on light and the eye’s ability to sense it). Ultimately, everyone had a really great time, and we hope to go on a similar trip in the future!