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Slates, Slide Rules, and Software: Teaching Math in America

February 8, 2002 – January 12, 2004 (new closing date)

Museum: American History Museum

Location: 1st Floor, West Wing, near escalator

This showcase takes visitors back to the classroom by viewing an array of tools used to teach math throughout American history, from the 1800s to the present. Artifacts range from colonial-era slates, to the traditional blackboards and textbooks, special games and charts, geometric models, various forms of the abacus, graph paper, special slide rules and calculators, to more recent computer software and Web sites.

Free flyer

See related article in April 2002 Smithsonian magazine, p. 42

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