Research: InforMath: Mathematics to Enrich Learning Experiences in Science and Art Museums

October 1st, 2013 - September 30th, 2018 | PROJECT

This research project establishes a new research center, the InforMath Collaborative, that brings together university educational researchers and professionals at art and science museums in San Diego's Balboa Park. The InforMath Collaborative is investigating and building the capacity of informal learning institutions to support content and identity learning in mathematics. Through sustained collaborations that unite research, design, and professional development, members of the InforMath Collaborative are conducting design-based research on exhibits and programs that integrate art and science content from participating museums with the mathematics of topology and projective geometry.

The broader goal of the InforMath Collaborative is to transform cultural perceptions of mathematics in ways that broaden learners' access to the discipline. The project aims to develop informal mathematical learning experiences that make mathematics feel accessible, body-based, creative, and deeply relevant to a wide array of other knowledge domains, including both art and science. The project will build and strengthen regional and national networks of educational professionals who work in informal mathematics learning and expand the capacity of informal institutions to support engaging, innovative, content-rich, and culturally transformative mathematical learning experiences.

Project Website(s)

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Project Products

Poster - Informath
Math on the Move: A Video-Based Study of School Field Trips to a Mathematics Exhibition

Team Members

Ricardo Nemirovsky, Principal Investigator, San Diego State University
Paul Siboroski, Co-Principal Investigator, Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
Molly Kelton, Co-Principal Investigator, San Diego State University


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: ISE/AISL
Award Number: 1323587
Funding Amount: 726733


Audience: Evaluators | General Public | Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: Art | music | theater | Education and learning science | Geoscience and geography | Mathematics
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Museum and Science Center Programs | Professional Development | Conferences | Networks | Public Programs | Resource Centers and Networks