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Math Museum to Open in NYC

Every budding engineer must study advanced mathematics in college or earlier, and to some the prospect is less than exciting. Otherwise capable students might steer clear of science and engineering altogether, just to spare themselves the multi-variable calculus.

Math-aversion has reached epidemic levels in America – recent studies rank the U.S. at the bottom of the developed world when it comes to proficiency in mathematics.

So how can teachers hope to foster enthusiasm for numbers in such an environment? That’s the question driving the Museum of Mathematics (also known as MoMath), a new repository of mathematical delights slated to open in Manhattan next year.

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Event: Potter Day, Maryland Science Center. Nov. 20, 2010

harry potterBaltimore’s Maryland Science Center invites everyone to join Harry Potter Day, November 20, 2010. The screening of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” in the IMAX theater, will be accompanied by day filled with activities for kids of all ages, from the creation of chemical potions, to a hunt for horcruxes, and mapping of the stars. Cost: Free with paid admission and for members.

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Smithsonian’s Spark!Lab for Inventors. Washington, DC

Spark!Lab is a hands-on invention activity center at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, DC,. The fun activities incorporate history, science, engineering, technology, and art to help kids and families learn about the history and process of invention. Young visitors can play games, conduct science experiments, explore inventors’ notebooks, and even invent! Lab bench experiments are offered at 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.

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STEMfest at Discovery World, Milwaukee

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If you happen to be in the area, be sure to check out STEMfest tomorrow at Discovery World in Milwaukee for a day of fun science exhibits! Admission is free.

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Harry Potter: The Exhibition

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Harry Potter: The Exhibition” offers fans a firsthand look inside the wizard’s magical world and the opportunity to experience the amazing craftsmanship of more than 200 authentic costumes and props from all six of the Harry Potter films. As guests journey through the 10,000-square-foot exhibit space, they are transported to the world of Harry Potter through several themed vignettes based on the film sets, including the Gryffindor common room, Hagrid’s hut, the Forbidden Forest, a Dark Forces area, and the Great Hall. The exhibit is currently traveling the country with the next stop at the Museum of Science, Boston, beginning October 25.

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