Origami Origami

Origami authentically merges art and design with mathematical theory, algorithms, and technology. Math is central to learning in STEM, and is a language shared by STEM, art and design (http://cjvrose.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/stem-to-steam-report.pdf).

Origami artist Dr. Robert J. Lang of Alamo, California, also a physicist and engineer with expertise in R&D, has written and spoken extensively on these ideas (http://www.langorigami.com/science/science.php). Paper folding artist Michael LaFosse of Origamido Studio (http://origamido.com) in Haverhill, Massachusetts, is a biologist by training and uses organisms as subjects for his art.

There are even conferences about this type of work. The Sixth International Conference on Origami in Science, Mathematics, and Education (6OSME) (http://www.origami.gr.jp/6osme/) will take place at lovely Yayoi Auditorium on the Hongo campus of The University of Tokyo (http://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/) in August 2014. The conference is currently taking submissions from “art, design, mathematics, science, computer science, engineering, liberal arts, history, education, and other fields and their intersections.” 

Paper cranes, folded as prayers for peace. Peace Park, Hiroshima, Japan. (Fg2)

Paper cranes, folded as prayers for peace. Peace Park, Hiroshima, Japan. (Fg2)

Paper folding is something that interests undergraduates, as evidenced by the origami club at MIT, OrigaMIT (http://origamit.scripts.mit.edu/index.php), so it may suggest a new type of active learning for incorporation into university courses, especially those in math and engineering.


2 responses

  1. Thanks for publicizing 6OSME! Hope to see you in Tokyo in 2014.
    In addition to OrigaMIT (whose next convention is scheduled for 10/19/2013), UC Berkeley also has a student-run origami group (http://calorigami.weebly.com/). Under ODISSEI (Origami Design for Integration of Self-assembling Systems for Engineering Innovation), NSF has funded a number of grants focused on origami in engineering. There was a 2-day symposium organized by Larry Howell at the ASME 2013 conference.
    Lastly, South Korea is promoting STEAM countrywide.

    • Thanks for your comment and for sharing this useful information! This blog has had a few views of South Korea. Oh, and if you wouldn’t mind, who and where are you? 🙂

      All the best in your efforts!

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