Caught in the Folds
Students will look at geometry in origami as an inspiration to art, design, and innovations in science.
Using selected Issey Miyake’s fashion designs and connections to origami this Learning Lab Collection will highlight artworks that are designed in two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) forms, how to plan/engineer for complexity, and how combinations make a difference in the end product.
Slide 1: Collections in Motion: Folding Miyake Tank
Watch the video, then answer the questions in the quiz
Encourage students to watch the video more than once.
Slide 2: 2D paper crane
Read about history of the paper crane and cultural significance.
These two slides are visualizations that can help students make connections between origami and Miyake’s work.
Slide 3: 3D paper crane
Slide 4: Origami instructions for paper crane.
Make the crane twice.
One version keep in the 3D form
Second version: Unfold and analyze the line features. If you need to you can use a ruler to accent the lines.
Identify the parallel line properties, types of angles, and any special features of the folds.
Extensions: Make connections between the folds and the aspects of the crane.
Slide 5: Collections in Motion: Folding Miyake Long Skirt
Watch the video, then answer the questions in the quiz, and sketch a rough draft of the 2D plan for the skirt.
Students can watch the video of the skirt a couple of times, answer the questions in the quiz and sketch the skirt. Remind the students that it does not have to be perfect. The goal is to identify the shapes used.
Slide 6: In-Ei Mendori
Students will interview each other and make predictions of what the 2D version of the sculpture will look like.
It is important that they complete the quiz before advancing to the next slide.
Slide 7: In-Ei Mendori
Students will evaluate their prediction of the sculpture.
Possible point for class discussion.
Slide 8: Thinking routine
With your group members answer the questions for one of the Miyake designs.
Slide 9: 40 under 40: Erik Demaine
Watch the video of folding.
Read Erik Dermaine’s short biography and research interests
Students will read about Dermaine’s interests and do some research on the applications of geometry.
Slide 10: Science Innovations
Watch the video on science innovations.
Lead a discussion on the aspects of origami and the importance in problem solving in science.
Slide 11: Fold it website
Connections between biology and origami.
Read through the website and use the folding tool.
Students could make proteins with origami paper and analyse the different line properties and relationships that are on the paper after unfolded.
Documentary on origami- teachers can watch for more background information or use clips during the lesson.
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