Science World has a new exhibition, which open on February 22nd, and I was there opening night to check it all out.
We enjoyed a welcome reception and heard from Science World’s President and CEO, Dr. Scott Sampson. He spoke to the necessity of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics), and how it connects us all. And continued his introduction to their newest feature exhibit with the following. “We are thrilled to be bringing the fascinating travelling exhibition A Mirror Maze: Numbers in Nature to British Columbia. This exhibition strongly aligns with our mission to ignite wonder and empower dreams through science and nature”. “This highly interactive exhibition will provide fun and hands-on experiential learning opportunities to our visitors.”
There is no food our drink in the feature exhibition, so we finished up and slowly wandered in. Spirals, webbing, branches, and cones; examples of patterns were showcased in photos and displays. Interactive exhibits allowed you to spin, twirl, and strum to get a closer look and learn more about these patterns. Not to ruin any of the fun exploring, here is a list of the station as taken from the media kit.
But for a more animated review, check out my latest vlog on my YouTube channel: MaggiMei.
Created by the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI), A Mirror Maze: Numbers in Nature invites visitors to explore the mathematical patterns that exist in our world through engaging experiences, including:
Introduction to Patterns in Our World—Visitors will learn to identify numerical patterns that surround them every day through imagery, an immersive theatre presentation and an interactive area.
Hands-on Discovery—This section of the exhibition engages visitors in hands-on activities where they can explore patterns in nature, in themselves and in music, art and architecture.
Patterns in Nature:
Draw patterns on a digital screen—like connecting dots to draw spirals and create Fibonacci rectangles—and see real-world objects that show that same pattern.
Learn how fractal patterns are used to make computer-generated landscapes, such as intricate mountain ranges, in movies.
Patterns in Yourself:
Step in front of a large mirror and strike various poses while a projection superimposes patterns and proportions on your body in real time.
Look through an eyepiece to observe how blood vessels branch within your eyes.
Compare similar patterns that appear in the human body and in nature.
Observe just how much symmetry—or lack thereof—is present in the human face.
Patterns in Music, Art and Architecture:
Compose a piece of music using symmetry: vary a single musical motive and hear your creations played back.
Create a musical scale with mathematical proportions using a playable harp.
Discover and compare similar patterns in architecture from varying parts of the world—from the Taj Mahal to the Beijing National Stadium—built millennia apart.
The exhibition also features an array of artifacts—Bighorn sheep horns, honeycomb and an aluminum anthill casting—that demonstrate real examples of patterns in objects from the natural world.
But the main feature and the main reason to visit is “The Mirror Maze”. A 1,800-square-foot elaborate and reflective series of walkways. It felt like a room of mirrors, but in reality is more like corridor. None the less you do get lost and you do find yourself bumping into walls.
All in search of the secret room, at the heart of the maze. Where number games and puzzles appear on screens, allowing you test your ability to problem solve. But the greatest puzzle is finding the exit. Although if you get stuck, there is apparently a panic button for rescue. However, I think it’s just as easy to shout for help, or just ask for it from the several others that will be engaging the maze with you.
As for the experience, you constantly feel the need to outstretch your arm or leg, lest you walk yourself into an reflected hall way that isn’t there. Although the dead ends might be frustrating, each one proves to be one of the ideal spots to take a photo at. Here are a few corners and angles I found that worked out well. Be warned our visit had minimum guests and with enough patience I was able to grab a clean background. Therefore if you visit on a busier day, be prepared to have people in your shot, where they don’t know how to get out of it (due to all the reflections). So please be respectful of the shared space and take your photo fast or let that person pass.
The Mirror Maze and the Numbers in Nature is available for viewing from February 22nd to September 3rd, 2019. For more information on ticketing and schedules visit the link below.
SCIENCE WORLD at TELUS World of Science
1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver BC, V6A 3Z7