2017 Festival: NOVA and NOVA Labs
NOVA and NOVA Labs
The Mathematical Sciences Research Institute welcomes NOVA and NOVA Labs back for the 2017 National Math Festival!
NOVA is the most-watched prime time science series on American television, reaching an average of five million viewers weekly. Now in its fourth decade of production, the series remains committed to producing in-depth science programming in the form of one-hour documentaries and long-form mini-series, from the latest breakthroughs in technology to the deepest mysteries of the natural world.
NOVA Labs is a free digital platform that engages teens and lifelong learners in activities and games that foster authentic scientific exploration. Each lab focuses on a different area of active research, but all of them illustrate key concepts with engaging and informative videos, and guide participants through activities and games that encourage citizen science.
Real Science, Real Data, You: Scientific Exploration with NOVA Labs Games
Come take part in real-world investigations by visualizing, analyzing, and playing with the same data that scientists use. NOVA Labs is a free digital platform where teens can actively participate in the scientific process, from predicting solar storms and designing renewable energy systems to tracking cloud movements and learning cyber security strategies.
The Origami Revolution
The centuries-old tradition of folding two-dimensional paper into three-dimensional shapes is inspiring a scientific revolution. The rules of folding are at the heart of many natural phenomena, from how leaves blossom to how beetles fly. But now, engineers and designers are applying its principles to reshape the world around us—and even within us, designing new drugs, micro-robots, and future space missions. With this burgeoning field of origami-inspired-design, the question is: can the mathematics of origami be boiled down to one elegant algorithm—a fail-proof guidebook to make any object out of a flat surface, just by folding? And if so, what would that mean for the future of design? Explore the high-tech future of this age-old art as NOVA unfolds The Origami Revolution.