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Geometry and Technology

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Saved by Jonathan Dietz
on August 2, 2012 at 10:36:46 am

Welcome to Grade 8 Geometry and Technology!





















Euclid Proposition 1 


Goal / Objective:


In this Grade 8 mathematics seminar, students will  learn the principles of Euclidean Geometry, and explore the connection of these concepts to digital fabrication technologies such as 3-D printing and laser-cutting. They will then apply these geometry-based technologies to the design and fabrication of a model of a  modern architectural building or interactive sculpture.


 In the process of doing this, they will become familiar with digital fabrication technologies based upon geometric concepts,  including InkScape vector graphics, SketchUp and/or Solidworks CAD software, Rapman 3-D printing, and lasercutting, and apply these technologies to the construction of their model. The MIT Department of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence (CSAIL) has generously donated a 3D printer to the Middle School which will be utilized in this course.


This course will be taught using a blended-learning model. Most of the formal lectures and discussion will take place online, in conjunction with  The Art of Problem Solving (http://www.artofproblemsolving.com/) online Geometry course, Sept 24th 2012-  March 5th 2013. Class time will be devoted to lab activities, projects, and discussion of concepts students may have found particularly difficult.


This is an advanced course for a small cohort of students who completed Grade 8 Advanced Algebra while in Grade 7.


Available facilities include both Mac and PC computer labs, woodshop, and 3D Printer. Off-site access to a laser-cutter will be done through the Artisan's Asylum ( http://artisansasylum.com/ ) and or Danger!Awesome ( http://dangerawesome.co/ ).










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