Today at the iAM camp we started the day off with reviewing prisms by making homemade kaleidoscopes using empty paper tubes, cardstock and aluminum foil. Some girls added beads with plastic wrap and rubber bands to create more colorful patterns through the view finder.
Rotational Symmetry: Then, we made a protractor out if paper plates, golden brads, and card stock cut into strips. The protractor helped us measure angles and rotational symmetry. After that, we studied kirigami, the art of different ways of making cut paper designs. First we explored “monkiri,” which is a kirigami style from Japan that involves folding paper, cutting designs along the folds, then unfolding to see symmetrical designs. We each created many designs, but gave Ms. Smith one of them to add to the group’s collaborative quilt design (which was Gracie’s idea). We will try to get it pieced together so that we can get it hung up soon.
In the style of “scherenschnitte,” a German style of cutting out silhouettes from paper, some of the girls got their silhouette traced by Ms.Sharon using large sheets of paper taped to the wall and the projector to cast a shadow.
And the best way to end the day was when all the girls made there own fashion styles like, tutu skirts, braids and bracelets made from tule, flower pins, and other cool stuff made from paper and fabric. Who knew symmetry could spark such an interesting variety of artistic and mathematical creations.
Bianca made warrior costumes for herself and unicorn.
Gabriella made luminarias, too.
The whole iAM group posing together with their creations!
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