Saw this great post from Patrick Honner today:
I am also a huge fan of using 3D Printing to help kids learn math. A few fun projects have been:
This project explores the 15 pentagon patterns that can tile the plane – including the one that was discovered in 2015.
This project explores the Gosper curve – a fractal that shows kids that tripling the size of an object doesn’t always increase the area by a factor of 9. Quite a surprise to kids learning geometry 🙂
Both of these first two projects used models that we found on Thingiverse. We’ve also done a few projects where we made our own shapes in Mathematica:
This project really showed me how 3D printing can help make a difficult problem a little easier.
One fun thing about this project was that it shows that 3D printing can also help you think about 2D geometry.
This project explores a neat (and unsolved) problem that Steven Strogatz shared on Twitter.
This last one is super fun and the Prince Rupert problem is a great initial problem for kids learning about 3D printing.
We have nearly 30 projects with the “3D Printing” tag. Hopefully the ones linked above give a glimpse into some of the math-related fun you can have with 3D printing. I hope that these printers will be in more and more schools soon!