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Although the ancient art of paper folding is rightfully attributed to the Chinese inventors of paper, the traditional art of origami is most often associated with the Japanese.

The use of origami in the learning of mathematics is not a new concept. Its use in today’s classrooms, however, is still not widespread, according to Mary Webster Moore, assistant professor of education. Paper folding was popular centuries ago in the ancient Eastern world, where it was used to study the geometries inherent in the paper.

Trinity students from varied fields of study such as nursing, art, and social work, participated in Moore’s origami Interim course in January. While the general perception of origami is that it is “child’s play,” “a cool craft,” or “an interesting art form,” Moore said, “People don’t realize that origami integrates and builds both sides of the brain—the analytical and the artistic.”

Since the origami Interim always attracts a variety of majors when it is offered, the course goes beyond a focus on the mathematical aspects of the art. During the course, students learned various paper folding techniques, creating everything from traditional animal shapes to decorative containers to multimodular polyhedra.

The practice of origami, according to Moore, can enhance math learning, as well as support all other areas of learning through reasoning and spatial and visualization skill development.

For more information about origami and its benefits, Moore suggests visiting a site such as www.oriland.com.


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