The Exploratorium’s Geometry Playground project

Geometry Playground is a project of the Exploratorium in San Francisco. Its largest product, four years in the making, is a major traveling exhibition that encourages visitors to use spatial reasoning, a kind of thinking where you make mental pictures of shapes and spaces. But the project was much more than just the exhibition.

Visitor research

The Geometry Playground team conducted two research studies of visitors who experienced prototype geometry exhibits at the Exploratorium in 2009. One study investigated elementary school students and the impact of teacher-led geometry activities used before, during, and after an Exploratorium field trip. The second study explored visitor interactions and spatial reasoning while using geometry exhibits.

Museum partnerships

The Exploratorium’s Geometry Playground team partnered with several science centers across the country to strategize the development of large-scale math exhibits. Some of these science centers are installing exhibits with funding from the project’s National Science Foundation grant.

Geometry on playgrounds

Geometry Playground is putting geometry on playgrounds. An elementary school in San Francisco is planning to include one of our exhibits—The Gyroid—as part of its new playground. A similar installation has been proposed for a San Francisco park.

Climbing structures collaboration

We partnered with Landscape Structures, Inc. (LSI), a playground equipment manufacturer based in Delano, Minnesota, to design and fabricate our larger climbing structures.

Geometry Playground is scheduled to travel to the following museums:

June 2016 to June 2017
Museum of Natural Curiosity at Thanksgiving Point
Lehi, Utah

Please check this page for further updates. For information on bringing Geometry Playground to your museum, please email Allyson Feeney , Project Lead with ExNET. Thank you!

The Exploratorium would like to thank the many people who made Geometry Playground possible.

Past Venues:

October 15, 2010 through January 9, 2011
Science Museum of Minnesota
St. Paul, Minnesota

Summer 2011 through Spring 2012
Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
San Diego, California

Geometry Playground is made possible by the National Science Foundation and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation .

Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

National Science Foundation Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation


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