Constructing Meaning Through Making and Creating

Gail Tang and Alan Tollefson
Proceedings of Bridges 2016: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Education, Culture (2016)
Pages 355–358 Short Papers


Metaphor is frequently used in theatre to convey important messages to the audience. An interdisciplinary honors class used metaphor and theatre to teach students mathematics. Each group created a tangible object that was relevant to a mathematical principle of choice and that embodied a metaphor. Each tangible object was presented to the greater community at an art opening. Two of the projects will be discussed in this paper as well as results from a pre- and post-course surveys on students’ perceptions of mathematics.