Learning Math through Origami

Learning Math through Origami

See a Mathematical World in a piece of paper! This course will train the eye to look for mathematics at unlikely places. Students will appreciate the value of finding patterns and asking questions about them by working only with a piece of paper. No pencils, pens, or other tools will be used.

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18 June 2020

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About the Course

One fundamental aim of this course is to train the eye to look for mathematics at unlikely places. Students will appreciate the value of finding patterns and asking questions about them by working only with a piece of paper. No pencils, pens, or other tools will be used. 


The craft of origami is accurate, and precise and that makes origami a powerful mathematical tool. The mathematics of origami is applied as a problem-solving technique in diverse technological fields. For example, designing equipment for space missions requires objects that can fit into small spaces s is achieved through application of origami methods. Other examples include designing robots, architecture, designing new materials etc. During the recent COVID-19 pandemic the severe shortage of breathing masks was addressed by a team of scientists and designers who came up with an easy to make mask using origami methods. This illustrates the general problem-solving nature of this skill, though it has huge value as an artistic and aesthetic pursuit.


In this course we use principles of origami to investigate some mathematical curiosities. The activities in this course differ from ordinary origami in that we don’t attempt to create any complex figures and objects. Rather, we study some simple folds and seek patterns that comes out of that process. The focus is more on looking out for the rich mathematics that lurks in every fold and crease.


Learn more about our expert course facilitator, Dr. Hari Krishna, here.

About our Facilitator:

Rachit is an electronics engineer who has been designing analog circuits for the past decade. His work experience includes Cosmic Circuits and Cadence Design Systems (which acquired Cosmic Circuits), on the design of integrated circuits for audio codecs, serial interfaces, and phase locked loops amongst other things. He likes to spend his time on reading, understanding audio, building speakers, music, and sports.


Rachit has a Masters degree from the Centre For Electronic Design And Technology at the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru.


Muralidhar (aka Murali) is senior mentor and course designer at GenWise with 20+ years of experience in the social sector. In addition to delivering Vocational Training to young adults, he is currently responsible for design, manufacturing and marketing operations at a traditional handicraft (wooden toys) enterprise near Bengaluru. Murali has also delivered training and professional development programs for secondary science teachers and 'making' skills to "gifted students" for around 4 years.


Murali has a bachelor's degree in Engineering from IIT Madras.