Zany Projects - The Art of Mixing Compass with Computer

Rebecca Kessler
Bridges Donostia: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture (2007)
Pages 147–148


Construction, using the compass and straightedge, is becoming a lost art. Exercises involving these tools are commonly omitted within the Middle School curriculum as well as within Upper School geometry classes. Computers and lack of time are the usual responses for the dropping of these explorations. This paper describes activities used by my class over a ten week period which allow my students to experience the wonders of the tools, both hand and technology related. Significant understanding emerges from the engagement of the students with the explorations. Interesting artistic creations result.