Mathematical Origami Elective

Students practice the ancient Japanese art of paper folding to learn about 2-D and 3-D geometric figures, angles, and the benefits of focused work and paying attention to details.  

In 5th grade, students are allowed to choose an elective class, and in Mathematical Origaimi students combine art and mathematics to create beautiful structures through the traditional practice of paper folding.  

The class starts by learning to read the symbolic notation commonly used in origami instructions.  Most of our projects are modular, meaning that two or more sheets of paper are folded into units, or modules. The units are then assembled to create cohesive shapes by inserting flaps into pockets created by the folding process.  

Learning and applying complex vocabulary is one of the fun parts of this course.  We study the Platonic Solids, the most regular polyhedra, where all faces are the same regular polygon, and they look the same at every vertex.  Students learn about the features of 3D shapes, and count the number of faces, edges, and vertices on each solid to help make design decisions.  We create various cubes, multiple octahedra, an open dodecahedron, and even a stellated icosahedron.