Engaging Groups with Large-Scale Construction Events

Cindy Lawrence
Proceedings of Bridges 2014: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture (2014)
Pages 417–420 Short Papers


In large arenas, it's possible to get the public personally engaged with mathematics, by coordinating large scale construction events. Many people can get physically involved in a mathematical activity, leading to a real sense of accomplishment when all the pieces come together. Participants see how mathematics can create large, beautiful, complex structures out of very simple building blocks that go together in orderly ways. People leave the construction events having had a very positive experience with mathematics, and feeling empowered.