Visitors discover the math behind visual creativity, from architecture to video games, designers use scale, patterns, and other key mathematical concepts, to turn visual ideas into reality. Visitors can explore the relationship between weights and distance by creating their own colorful two-dimensional mobile in Balancing Art, navigate a Marble Maze, adjusting the variables in this videogame to create the highest score, and test their abilities to continue a pattern in three dimensions as they Build a Tower.
Visitors explore relationships between length and pitch in musical instruments, ratios and rhythms, and visual representations of sound. Visitors can experiment with tube length and pitch to create music with the Whack-a-Phone, explore the math behind rhythm and music by mixing a song on a Drum Machine, and as the Light Show DJ, discover how laser light show technicians create mesmerizing patterns that get people dancing.
Visitors explore the math and physics behind anything that moves. Visitors can discover what it takes to create a thrilling ride in Roller Coaster Hills, explore how hill height and speed are needed to create a Fast Tracks rollercoaster course, and Design a Skate Park by manipulating slope to create essential skate park features, and then test their design with a virtual skater and ride the course!
The creation of Design Zone was made possible by the generous support of the National Science Foundation. The exhibition was produced and is toured by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI).
Design Zone is sponsored by Du Pont and Quest for the Best.