Origami, paper folding, is a traditional art as well as a tool of mathematics and engineering. In this course, students will have the opportunity to explore both ancient and modern facets of origami. While a small amount of time must be devoted to lecture, the majority of the class is dedicated to hands-on folding, creation, and discovery. Students will learn the international standard of origami diagramming and have the opportunity to teach and learn from their classmates. In addition, current scientific applications of origami, such as NASA's folding solar panels, will be explored.
Source material for the creation of this course include, Project Origami - Activities for Exploring Mathematics 2nd Ed. by Thomas Hull and Origamics - Mathematical Explorations through Paper Folding by Kazuo Haga, Origami Design Secrets: Mathematical Methods for an Ancient Art by Robert Lang.
Open to 8th Grade and Up!