Archive for the ‘Year 9 Mathspig’ Category
Diamonds are for Maths Class
Skill: Geometry, scale, ratio, measurement
Level: Junior, Middle School
Here are some amaaaazing cardboard creations by bartek elsner.
But the creation that is so beautifully geometric is this crow.
Start here ……………
Before we get to crow level we better start with something more symmetrical. Here are some cardboard diamonds. You will find the template for the cardboard diamond below at Minieco.
Build Your Own Death Star
Skill: Geometry, scale, ratio, measurement
Level: Junior & Middle School
It all begins with a dodecahedron. You can make your own dodecadren with pattern here.
How big can you make your dodecaderon?
But wait … there’s more
This is a Stellated Dodecahedron. Tricky. Tricky Tricky. You can find a template for this amazing Stellated dodecahedron here. Yes! You can build your own DEATH STAR. DA-da Da! (Creepy Music)
Bring on the Bucky Balls
Skills: Geometry, polygons, measurement …. and creativity.
Levels: Junior School & Middle School
In this activity students will create their own, preferably life-sized cardboard igloo. Igloo structures can be complicated or simple and in this project students must design and then build an igloo using a standard hexagon. Here are some inspiring designs.
The first igloo was built using computer generated constructive geometry. It uses a basic – but distorted – hexagonal cardboard unit and was built by by the students of the Faculty of Architecture, University of Porto. You can see the construction method below. More info here.
The next cardboard igloo is based entirely on circles. It was designed by students of ETH Zurich in Switzerland. More info here.
The following cardboard igloo based on triangles looks simple but has a very strong construction. More info here.
But the Granddaddy of the geometric or geodesic dome was Buckminster Fuller, who has been honoured by having a carbon-based nano-molecule named after him. They’re called Bucky Balls. If you look at the geodesic dome below you can see the HEXAGONAL PATTERN also visible int he Bucky Balls.
Skills: Graphing, modelling …. mostly generates inspiration
Brazilian architect Carlos Teixeira created an incredible labyrinth made entirely from layered recycled cardboard for the 29th International Biennial in Sao Paulo.
More info here.
Labyrinths are mysterious. And mathspiggies, look at that lovely parabola. Making a labyrinth on this =scale may be beyond the resources of a maths class … but then again some imagination and some maths skills and voila:
In phase one of the project 240 students at Kingsford Primary School in Aberdeen used interconnecting materials to design and build a labyrinth inspired by the story of Icarus.
More info here.
What the World Needs Now is More Parabolas
Skills: Graph, scale, measurement …. balancing that last cardboard section.
Level: Middle & Senior School
If you cannot make it to MOMaths Maths Museum in NY for a Mad Maths Monday, then you can run a Mad Maths Monday in your own class.
Build your own giant parabola out of cardboard.
We’re being awesome
We’re thinking big.
Make it big enough to arch over the front door of the school.
Build Your Own Battleship
Skills: geometry, measuring, angles, construction and engineering
Years: Middle School
You will find your inspiration here:
Different maths classes build their own cardboard boats. Call for volunteers and then stage a race in a local pool.
Heaps of fun.
Good PR for maths. And some schools do it already.
Maths is Awesome Activity
DYI Construction Set
Skills: Geometry, measurement, symmetry, area, angles.
Year Level: Year 7
You will find more info here.
This idea is gobsmacking. We live in a consumer world so the thought of making your own construction set is foreign to us.
Building your own cardboard construction set involves:
* Lots of maths
* Every pupil made 20 construction pieces now you can make something huge for a maths display. eg. giant parabola, π, √2
think really BIG.
More info here at Building Blogspot.
Fashion Statement Geometry for Hipsters
Skills: Geometry, measurement, polyhedrons, symmetry and creativity
Year Level: Year 7-9
Ask students to design and make a GEOMTRIC FASHION STATEMENT. This could involve a dress, hat or hair. Then they stage run a MATHS FASHION parade. The point is the fashion statement must involve specific maths such as geometry or trigonometry, calculus, quadratic equations … any maths you like.
Here from Lancia Trend Visions is the work of Amila Hrustic, a fashion design student in Sarajevo. These samples come from her “Plato’s Collection” inspired by the idea of Platonic solids. Her collection includes dress based on tetrahedrons, cubes, octahedrons, dodecahedrons, icosahedrons.
The Maths-is-Awesome Activity:
Skills:Geometry, measurement, cylinders, area, symmetry and creativity.
Year Level: Year 4 – whatever
Ask students to build their own cardboard armour and helmet. Give prizes in the category of Scariest, most Mathematically-Complex, Star Wars Potential, Most Historical, Most Creative and any other category that crops up. You can source cardboard from your nearest Self-Storage Warehouse.
Mathspig was at Womadelaide Music Festival 2013 and saw the Box Wars at work. The Box Wars guys, Joss, Josh and Hoss, started in Melbourne and now travel to Music Festivals around Australia. Boxwars builds sculptures, armour, props and sets and airplanes , tanks, cannons and the rest.
They stage battles of destruction … but destruction isn’t always the outcome.
If you want to interest kids especially boys 8 – 12 years of age in maths, get them building armour.
Mathspig saw dozens of them at WOMAD and they so loved their armour they wouldn’t take it off in 39Cº.
Sometimes it is just lots and lots of fun. Here is a recently staged BOX WARS in Canberra. You only need watch a few minutes of the video to get the idea.