Yes, kids, math is used in real life and you can see how in a national traveling exhibit opening Saturday at Exploration Place called MathAlive.
Forty hands-on stations within the exhibit will show math concepts at work in areas including sports, nature, robotics, music, dancing and movie-making.
Among the activities: a live-action snowboard race, controlling a Mars rover, designing and playing a video game, and capturing an image in a 360-degree freeze-motion video.
The exhibit will run for three months, through May 4.
Admission to the exhibit is free for members and included in Exploration Place admission: $9.50 for ages 12 to 64, $6 ages 3 to 11, $8 for ages 65 and up, free for children 2 and under.
Exploration Place also will be offering other events and education programs in concert with the exhibit to expand the understanding of how math is used in unexpected ways:
• MathCounts competition, featuring local students computing and competing in front of an audience, noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the Boeing Dome Theater and Planetarium. Free.
• A Final Friday event featuring elementary-school artists, make-and-take creations and student musical performers, including the South High School Jazz Band, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28. Free.
• Demos by local professionals during spring break, March 15 to March 23, who will show how they use math every day. Hours for that generally will be 1 to 4 p.m., and presenters will include master divers, meteorologists, engineers and graphic designers. Included in admission.
• Edventures for homeschool students.