The Challenge: Learn a bit about the code discussed below, and then have yourself or students create some or all of the quilt blocks discussed.
Materials needed: Certainly you can make these as actual quilt pieces. You can also just use a square piece of paper and work on construction within that using paper and pencil. Math conceptsyou could explore with this challenge: angles, arithmetic, geometry, philosophy on math, polygons, symmetry, tessellations.
The Challenge: Create this design, and then once you have the basic underlying grid, play around with the possible interpretations of how to color and “finalize” it.
Materials Needed: compass, straight edge, colors; could use graphing software. Math conceptsyou could explore with this challenge: angles, circles, geometric construction, geometry, Islamic geometry, lines, symmetry, tessellations
The Challenge: Great your very own tessellation from a small piece of cardboard.
Start with a square (Cereal or pop box cardboard works great) Mine was 2”x2”
Cut a piece from one side and tape it to an adjacent side.
Repeat for remaining 2 edges.
Materials Needed: Pencil, paper, and cardboard from a cereal box or a pop box or something similarly thin but stiff enough to trace. Math conceptsyou could explore with this challenge: angles, geometry, polygons, tessellations, vertices/intersections
The Challenge : Create this design from the Agra Fort.
Materials Needed: If you have a compass, use this tutorial from Samira Mian. If you do not have a compass, you can use my instructions for making this from a regular grid below that. Math conceptsyou could explore with this challenge: angles, geometric construction, lines, polygons, symmetry, tesselations, vertices/intersections
Note: This is a first foray for the #mathartchallenge into Islamic Geometry. I would be a fool to not take this opportunity to teach you about Samira Mian. Her online courses are fantastic, and her tutorials are great. So are is her instagram!
The Challenge: Construct an 8-pointed star, and possibly tile it?
Materials needed: Straight edge, writing utensils, paper, compass? (There are tutorials for both compass and no compasses below.) Math conceptsyou could explore with this challenge: angles, circles, geometric construction, Islamic geometry, symmetry, tessellations, vertices/intersections