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Happy holidays! Last December, we wrote about snowflake-related math in our December newsletter. “Special Snowflake” is one of the most popular activities in the Moebius Noodles book (see below) and our workshops, so we are doing a snowflake newsletter again!
Most people know how to cut snowflakes out of paper. The Japanese term for paper craft with scissors is kirigami. But you can also make snowflakes in the tradition of origami, that is, folding without cutting. Just follow video instructions from Origami Maniacs. Origami is an art, but also a type of geometry, with its own set of axioms more powerful than Euclid’s. And as far as young kids are concerned, paper folding develops attention, precision, and appreciation of beauty: the values necessary for doing mathematics.
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Moby Snoodles, aka Dr. Maria Droujkova