Solve It! Puzzles, Math, & Problem-Solving

Test your problem-solving skills with puzzles and games in a new exhibition, now on view.

Energize your brain and spark your imagination as you quest to solve hands-on puzzles and games. Solve It! empowers and encourages you to test your perseverance and problem-solving skills as you hunt for solutions using geometry, patterns, and math.

Visitors Assembling a Wooden Puzzle

A number of important math process skills such as making sense of problems and persevering in solving them, using abstract and quantitative reasoning, are all applied to solving puzzles and games. 

Puzzles and games are learning tools that present real challenges which naturally inspire the use of math skills. The puzzle and game exhibits in Solve It! are grouped together by type of challenge and strategy for solving the puzzle. Different levels of challenge provide an entry point for beginners as well as a real mental workout for experts.

Caution: The puzzles and games in this exhibition can be habit forming!

The creation of the new Solve It! exhibition is made possible in part by donors to the David Goudy Discovery Fund.