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Origami Modularization and Tessellation

Modular origami and origami tessellation occupy a unique position in both mathematics and art. Creativity that flows from structure, and structure born from creativity.  Origami and its techniques are applied everywhere from the operating room to outer space, scaling from the millionth of a meter to several hundred meters. Mathematicians, engineers, scientists, architects, and artists use origami to solve sophisticated and valuable problems. Campers will review the modern techniques of modular origami and origami tessellations. Discussions, demonstrations, and projects will cover a selection of materials and many detailed resources for further exploration.


Entering Grades: 7th - 12th
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Dates: June 22-25, 2015
Days: Monday - Thursday
Time: 8:30am - 12pm


Camp Outline

Day One

  • Introduction to modular origami and origami tessellations
  • Terminology and basic techniques
  • Classical modular units (waterbomb, card, swallowtail, sonobe, flower, PHiZZ)
  • Rectangular and triangular grid construction


Day Two

  • Origami Tessellations
  • Refining rectangular and triangular grids
  • Basic and intermediate folds
  • Level one and level two constructions


Day Three

  • Mass production of modular units and techniques for folding finer partitions for higher level constructions
  • Preparation for advanced projects and showcase


Day Four

  • Advanced projects and resources
  • Applications to mathematics, science, and architecture
  • Showcase for family and friends

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