From Rabbit Ears to Origami Flowers: Triangle Centers and the Concept of Function

Alan Russell
Proceedings of Bridges 2017: Mathematics, Art, Music, Architecture, Education, Culture
Pages 533–538 Workshop Papers


Origami, the Japanese art of paper folding, seems to naturally fall at the intersection of art and mathematics. This workshop combines basic folding techniques in an exploration of triangle centers with two traditional origami models used to investigate the concept of function. Participants will learn to fold perpendicular bisectors and angle bisectors in service of triangle centers. We will also learn two traditional origami flowers modified for use with high school students to study the concept of function. Aside from printable materials, participants in the workshop will get to brainstorm further uses of these notions in their own classrooms and in service of their own goals.