Fractal Paper Sculpture
This activity is adapted from "Using Algorithms to Generate Objects of Mathematical Interest" by Elaine Simmt.* It will work best if the template is printed on heavy paper.
We can create paper sculptures that form fractals. Fractals are formed by selecting a starting point and repeating a procedure over and over. We will fold and cut, then fold and cut, and fold and cut again to make our fractal sculptures. You can repeat the pattern until you run out of paper or the folds get too thick to cut.
Print out the template and follow these instructions:
1. Fold your template on
the large dotted line across the middle of the paper.
* Morrow, L. J., & Kenney, M. J. (Eds.). (1998). The Teaching and Learning
Algorithms in School Mathematics: NCTM Yearbook. Reston: VA: NCTM.