Design Zone

Traveling Exhibit Hall – Level 2

Behind every half-pipe, there’s a vert. Behind every dance mix, there’s a beat. Behind every thrill ride, there’s velocity. Design is everywhere we look and in everything we do, and math is behind it all.

Design Zone allows visitors to get hands-on with mathematical concepts like patterns, variables, scale, and ratios and experience how they’re used by artists, architects, engineers, musicians, and other innovators.

Check out the Building Guide to see a map and information for our current exhibits. 

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Design Zone has three interactive areas, and over a dozen hands-on exhibit pieces allowing you to create your experience!

  • HEAR IT!
    Step into Club OSC and learn about the relationship between math and music as you learn about pitch, rhythm, and audio visual representations of sound!

  • SEE IT!
    Enter the Digital Design Lab and see how designers use scale, patterns, grids, and more in everything from video games to architecture!

  • MOVE IT!
    Roll into Action Park and discover how math and physics are behind anything that moves. Design a roller coaster, build your own skate park, or race your bike to the finish line!

In Design Zone, you’ll solve real-world challenges and discover that math isn’t just a subject in school—it’s one of the coolest creative tools we have to design and invent everything in the world of art, music, entertainment, and extreme sports.


Design Zone was created and designed by Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI)