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What does it take to create a videogame, line up rhythms like the best DJs, or design a roller coaster that produces the biggest thrills? Whether it’s art, music, or engineering, math and science are crucial to meet these design challenges. In Design Zone, you can go behind the scenes and see how videogame developers, music producers, roller coaster designers and other creative problem solvers use math and science to do the amazing things they do.

Step into a recording studio and discover how many beats per second it takes to get bodies moving on the dance floor. Go behind the scenes at a bike race where you can test gear combinations, then pedal to victory as you compete on three challenging courses. Enter the videogame design area, figure out the formulas needed to create on-screen action, then leap through to the next level of your game challenge. Through it all, you’ll solve real-world challenges and discover how math and science are essential to the creative process.

Design Zone
focuses on creative problem solving using algebraic thinking in a context that is relevant, educational and fun! The exhibit is designed for families and school groups alike. Design Zone supports STEM education, offering mathematically rich experiences for students outside of the classroom environment.

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).

Design Zone is supported locally by Peter Kiewit Sons', Inc., Valmont Industries, Inc., First National Bank, Douglas County Commissioners, The Durham Society, George F. Haddix and HDR, Inc. Media support provided by WOWT Channel 6.