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SOMA News 8 Aug 2006
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Minnesota State Fair
http://www.mnstatefair.org/index.html


The fair
www.mnstatefair.org/pages/fairgrounds_map.html
MONDAY, SEPT. 4 2006
KIDS & LAST CHANCE DAY

Sponsored by Leonardo’s Basement and Ready 4 K
All kids’ (5-12) admission is just $4!
Don’t miss your “Last Chance” opportunity to pick up a 2006 State Fair souvenir. All-day discounts will be offered on Mighty Midway and Kidway rides, games and concessions. Many concessionaires feature fabulous fair deals. Find them in the “Last Chance” brochure available at any information booth.
In Carousel Park:
Leonardo’s basement will build the world’s largest SOMA cube puzzle in the park today and be recognized in the Guinness Book of World Records!
Kids can get in on the fun by building smaller versions of the puzzle and attempting to solve it. It’s math for your hands!


The story unfolds

Ed Vogel
Edward Vogel who oversees this project will be supplying information to all SOMA players as this event approaches.


2006.08.09
Leonardo's Basement (www.leonardosbasement.org) was challenged by the Minnesota State Fair Organizing Committee to "do something fun with Mathematics". So we decided to build a giant SOMA cube puzzle. It is in keeping with the agricultural theme of a state fair; biggest pig, biggest, pumpkin. . .why not biggest SOMA?

State Fair officials are recognized experts at certifying "bigness" and we have been approved by the Guinness Book of World records to "attempt" to become the world's largest SOMA puzzle.
The goal is to build using 27 - 1.3mx1.3mx1.3m cubes, the finished solved cube will stand nearly 4 m tall.

Several other SOMAs constructed of 0.3m cardboard cubes will be available for play as well as a smaller build your own SOMA to take home.

Did I mention the dancers? Oh yes the "big SOMA" will be assembled by a company of dancers. We haven't decided on a specific piece of music as of yet.

The worldwide SOMA community is cordially invited to come and visit us at the fair which is a pretty good time in Minnesota even without the SOMA. For those unable to attend I will be providing photos and video (or links) of the event at Thorleif's website.
2006.08.30
The first fotos have arrived - WOW it is BIG

A prowd Ed
A prowd Ed
Overhead view
Overhead view


2006.09.09
Ed has sendt more foto's, these prove once again that "math can be fun"
Lifting piece A
Lifting piece A
The dance
The dance

Arial view
Arial view of "the dog"
Dog Closeup
Dog Closeup


2006.10.11
A lot of fine fotos, AND a clip from a TV news, show you the newest about the State fair and SOMA.

Slideshow. from the manufacture and use of the worlds largest SOMA.

A video from KARE11TV in Minnesota It is 37MB so expect a wait.


Submitted (4.August.2006) by Ed Vogel
Edited by Thorleif Bundgaard <thorleif@fam-bundgaard.dk>

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