Create Your Experience

Can you create a videogame that gives you the highest score? Get bodies moving on the dance floor? How does a high amplitude half-pipe really work? Design is everywhere we look and in everything we do, and math is behind it all. Starting Saturday, January 26, discover the secrets behind how videogame developers, music producers, roller coaster designers, and other creative problem solvers do what they do with Design Zone, the Museum’s upcoming special exhibit.

Design Zone explores mathematical concepts like patterns, variables, scale, slope, and ratios used by artists, architects, engineers, musicians, and other innovators.

The exhibition is organized into three interactive areas that highlight the relationship between mathematical thinking and the creative process. In each area, you’ll solve real-world challenges and discover that math isn’t just a subject in school—it’s one of the coolest creative tools we have to design and invent everything in the world of art, music, entertainment, and extreme sports.

In Design Zone you can:

  • Create your own 2-D and 3-D art and explore the math behind visual creativity. Design a colorful mobile, build a tower from custom architectural blocks, and leap to the next level as you set the variables in a video game!
  • Hear the math in the music. Create polyrhythmic beats on a drum machine, discover how whacking tubes of different lengths can change pitch, or create a laser light show at a virtual dance party!
  • Explore the math and physics behind anything that moves. Discover what it takes to create a thrilling roller coaster ride, design your own skate park and then test your design with a virtual skater and ride the course!

Visit Design Zone at DMNH and get behind the scenes! Check out our opening events, January 25 and 26:

Design Zone is sponsored by DuPont and Quest for the Best.

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).