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Geometry and Technology

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on June 5, 2013 at 9:41:05 pm

Welcome to Grade 8 Geometry and Technology!




Goal / Objective:


In this Grade 8 mathematics seminar, students will  learn the principles of Euclidean Geometry, and explore the connection of these concepts to a variety of areas including biology, architecture, physics, and engineering. They will also explore geometry-based digital fabrication technologies such as 3-D printing and laser-cutting. They will then apply these 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( http://www.csail.mit.edu/node/1781 ).


This course will be taught using a blended-learning model.


 Most of the formal lectures, discussion, and homework 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. The online course also includes homework( answered or submitted online to AOPS), and the Alcumus, an adaptive learning system.  


Class periods will be devoted to independent AOPS study( 3 periods per week), and  discussion of concepts students may have found particularly difficult, progress monitoring, lab activities and enrichment activities (2 periods per week).


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/ ).












Assignments and Activities






References and Further Readings 


Above: STL Mesh of Foot for 3D Printing

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