This summer, we encountered a wonderful exhibit on Governors Island that evoked the street scenery of New York City and prompted you to solve puzzles with magnetized pickles. It also asked you to use your powers of spatial reasoning to connect appliances to water mains and electrical lines. The exhibit was the work of educator/public mathematician Robert Berkman, who, among other things, has a family math program called “Street Math.” The exhibit was his first experiment with walk-up, self-guided learning in public space. We knew right away his work and mission were a great fit for the Uni.

Robert’s math organization is called Better Living Through Mathematics. We’re thrilled he agreed to re-create his mobile, street math exhibit for the Uni. We’re hoping this also marks the beginning of many interesting collaborations with teachers and exhibit designers to create more hands-on, educational cubes for the Uni.

 

(Browse more of our Uni cubes here.)

About our “new” name… Street Lab.

Street Lab began in Boston in 2006. In 2011, we moved the organization to NYC and launched the Uni Project, which was a portable reading room that roamed the city. In 2020, we are re-introducing our original name Street Lab to tie all this work together going forward, with much more to come.