#MathArtChallenge Day 28: Paper Tube Designs

The Challenge: Today, courtesy of the extraordinary Mark Kaercher:

Materials Needed: Cardboard tube (toilet paper or paper towel rolls)
Math concepts you could explore with this challenge: angles, geometry, polygons, symmetry

Depending on how you use this activity, you may engage with different mathematical standards. I’ve listed possible connected math content above. Here are a few suggestions for how you might integrate the 8 mathematical practices. Feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments!

4.) Model with mathematics. How can you model various angle measures with this activity? Is there a way to explore possible polygons?

5.) Use appropriate tools strategically. How thin must these strips be? If you plan to build something beyond 2 dimensions, what kind of preparation must you do?

Author: Ms. P

Math Teacher in Minneapolis, MN.

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