Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Bianca Chang's Paper Craft

Bianca Chang - Recent Works, June 2011 from Bianca Chang on Vimeo.

Wonderful video that combines paper craft and animation. I imagine some really artistic student could that this idea and do an amazing project for Calculus involving volumes and Riemann Sums.

It would take quite a bit of prep time, but an activity where students calculate missing volume of a square pyramid given say sheet number 30 and 180 out of 200 sheets could also be interesting. Students can create the models and do the calculations and then fill the void/missing volume with some fine sand or salt and measure the volume. It would also be a great time to discuss Cavalieri's Principle.

You can see some more elaborate works at Bianca's site, though I'd stick to simpler models in the classroom at first.