How Do Symmetries Come To Children, and Vice Versa?

Barbora Kamrlova
Proceedings of Bridges 2013: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture (2013)
Pages 539–542 Short Papers


This paper showcases mathematics taught during art lessons at lower secondary school, where children selected mathematics as the best instrument to reach their selected artistic objectives. Children connected basic geometry transformations with artistic expression, then described and (on certain level) formalized them, and finally, applied their discoveries to create personal monograms. This approach has tangential connections with contextual learning, and operates by fostering algorithmical thinking and strong emotional motivation. It can be also seen as a complementary example of Papert's MediaLab studies.