Basic rules for construction with a type of origami

Origami is capable of turning a simple sheet of paper into a pretty paper crane, but the principles behind it can be applied to making a microfluidic device or for storing a satellite’s solar panel in a rocket’s cargo bay. Researchers are turning kirigami, a related art form that allows the paper to be cut, into a technique that can be applied equally to structures on those vastly divergent length scales.

»»» Läs vidare [ScienceDaily]

Mer om origami
Origami—mathematics in creasing
Om origami på NCM:s webb

England: We don’t need education reform – we need a whole new system

One of the Coalition’s proudest boasts has been that it has started to increase the quality of education in our schools, after years of decline. Now, Sir Michael Wilshaw, the head of Ofsted, has delivered a bombshell. He states that we are failing at least 170,000 of our children (around 70,000 more than two years ago) because they are stuck in one of the appalling number of schools that are failing to make the grade.

»»» Läs vidare/ Read more [The Telegraph]

Claims of East Asia’s ‘chalk and talk’ teaching success are wrong, and short-sighted too

The problem with such calls ( we should learn from the “chalk and talk” teaching methods reported to be used in Shanghai ) is the assumption that the success of East Asian countries is due to specific features of their education systems. Even at first glance, this assumption would seem to be dubious. The school systems in these countries are quite diverse and are certainly not universally characterised by the use of chalk and talk, or any other specific teaching method.

»»» Läs vidare/ Read more [The Conversation]

Nya Zeeland: Maths app research at Papamoa

Two Papamoa primary schools are beginning a two-year programme looking at how apps can be used to teach maths.
Nearly $200,000 has been granted by the Teaching and Learning Research Initiative (TLRI) to support the research project at Te Akau Ki Papamoa and Tahatai Coast Primary Schools.

»»» Läs vidare/ Read more [SunLive]

The year the Nobel prize forgot to ignore women

Norwegian professor May-Britt Moser is literally a game changer. Today she will receive the Nobel Prize in Medicine, and the game she is changing is about women in science.
Even in seemingly more enlightened countries, such as Norway, prize committees struggle to see the work of women. The Abel Prize in Mathematics is awarded by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters and now has 14 laureates, none of whom are women.

»»» Läs vidare/ Read more [The Huffington Post]

Grundskolan avgörande för framtidens teknik

För Teknikföretagens medlemsföretag är tillgången till kompetent arbetskraft en avgörande fråga. Det behövs ett utbildningssystem som tillhandahåller god utbildning med ett innehåll som överensstämmer med dagens behov, men också i en riktning mot framtiden. Och det måste börja redan i grundskolan.

»»» Läs vidare [Teknikföretagen]

Fractal geometry: Finding the simple patterns in a complex world

A mathematician has developed a new way to uncover simple patterns that might underlie apparently complex systems, such as clouds, cracks in materials or the movement of the stockmarket. The method, named fractal Fourier analysis, is based on a new branch of mathematics called fractal geometry. The method could help scientists better understand the complicated signals that the body gives out, such as nerve impulses or brain waves.

»»» Professor Michael Barnsley about his research [Science Daily]

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!