# Sharing Laura Taalman’s slices with my younger son

I had an opportunity to visit Laura Taalman at ICERM today who made me a copy of her latest creation. I couldn’t wait to get home to share it with my younger son: He had some interesting ideas about what the shape was in the last video. Now I shared where the slices came from … Continue reading Sharing Laura Taalman’s slices with my younger son

# Playing with Laura Taalman’s 3d printable “Scutoid”

Saw a great tweet from Laura Taalman over the weekend” That shape was just “discovered” and is discussed on this New Scientist article: oops – that tweet gives me a good picture, but the article itself is behind a paywall.  Here are two free articles: Gizmodo’s article on the Scutoid The article in Nature introducing … Continue reading Playing with Laura Taalman’s 3d printable “Scutoid”

# Playing with Laura Taalman’s Peano Curves

I’m starting to think about what to do for the Family Math nights at my younger son’s school this year. During the day today I 3d printed 2 of Laura Taalman’s Peano Curves to see if that might somehow make a fun project for a group of 4th and 5th graders. Taalman’s blog post about … Continue reading Playing with Laura Taalman’s Peano Curves

# Learning about tiling pentagons from Laura Taalman and Evelyn Lamb

Last week we did made cookies using Laura Taalman’s tiling pentagon cookie cutters: You can find Taalman’s program here: and our project is here: Tiling pentagon cookies During the project my younger son found a different tiling pattern for pentagon #10 than the one in Taalman’s program. I suspected that the tiling pattern actually related … Continue reading Learning about tiling pentagons from Laura Taalman and Evelyn Lamb

# Using Laura Taalman’s 3D printed pentagons to talk math with kids

Saw this incredible tweet from Laura Taalman a few days ago: She’s created 3D print versions of all of the known pentagons that can be used to tile the plane!! The 15th pentagon was discovered in 2015, and that discovery is discussed by Evelyn Lamb in this amazing article: There’s Something about Pentagons by Evelyn … Continue reading Using Laura Taalman’s 3D printed pentagons to talk math with kids

# 16 ideas I’ve learned from math, physics, and science researchers that are really fun to share with kids

I’ve had this blog post kicking around in my mind for a month or so. During that month it has morphed from not quite started to not quite finished. But I’m leaving on a work trip next week and decided to push publish today. There are so many great math and science ideas that researchers … Continue reading 16 ideas I’ve learned from math, physics, and science researchers that are really fun to share with kids

# 10 fun geometry ideas to share with kids – inspired by a Jordan Ellenberg tweet

I saw an interesting tweet from Jordan Ellenberg earlier this week – here’s writing a new book on geometry and was asking for suggestions for neat geometry ideas people have seen: Having spent close to 10 years now searching for fun math ideas to share with kids, the tweet from Ellenberg was a good motivation … Continue reading 10 fun geometry ideas to share with kids – inspired by a Jordan Ellenberg tweet

# Exploring Annie Perkins’s Cairo Pentagons with kids

I saw a great tweet from Annie Perkins a few days ago: I thought it would be a fun idea to add to the list of our growing list of pentagon projects. At this point I’ve lost track of all of them, but they got started with this amazing tweet from Laura Taalman: Using Laura … Continue reading Exploring Annie Perkins’s Cairo Pentagons with kids

# 3d printing ideas to explore math with kids

Over the winter break I began to think about collecting some of our 3d printing projects into to one post to highlight various different ways that 3d printing can be used to help kids explore math. The post got a little long, but if you are interesting in thinking about 3d printing and math, hopefully … Continue reading 3d printing ideas to explore math with kids

# *Ten 3D Printing math projects to help students explore math

Yesterday I was able to watch the Global Math Project presentations (well, most of them) via the Facebook Live feed. Hopefully those videos will be preserved here: The Global Math Project’s Facebook page One tank that caught my eye was given by Henry Segerman. I’d guess that his work and Laura Taalman’s work account for … Continue reading *Ten 3D Printing math projects to help students explore math