In our schools, mathematics is a dreaded subject, perhaps even more so than other subjects like physics, chemistry and biology. One reason for this, it is believed, is that whatever is taught in the name of these subjects has little or nothing to do with real life. Experience has shown that once a clear link can be established, the teaching and learning of the subject at once becomes agreeable and enjoyable, the dread dissolves and children start loving it.

Today school mathematics is totally cut off from real life. The entire curriculum seems to be overlaid. In this process the entire delight and beauty of mathematics has got buried. Today, any school worth its salt, would boast of a physics, chemistry and biology laboratory-all agleam with the most modern gadgetry. Rare is a school which has even thought of having a mathematics lab. It is thought that mathematics is best learnt by mugging up tables and by repeatedly solving boring sums. Most of the children are scared of mathematics and carry the burden of it through precious years in school. If children are to appreciate the beauty of mathematics, it is imperative, that they get a feel for mathematics through practical work.

Origami is the Japanese art, the meaning of origami Ori = to fold & Gami = paper, simply we can say, origami is nothing but the paper folding. By systematically folding a paper, one could fold lots of angles, polygons, curves and 3-D polyhedral, by this method one can learn a lot of concrete mathematics. For origami no special paper required, however stationary shops cell origami papers, which are thin sheets of paper colored on one side, that are squares of different colors, stacked together in packets. But for models ordinary paper will sufficient. Even computer stationary, printed on one side can be used. Discarded photocopy paper can also used as Origami paper. Origami is also a fun-filled activity in itself as well as an approach to enhancing one’s mathematics especially geometrical thinking while developing co-ordination between one thought and action.

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Learning mathematics through origami

Milan Raul   Samanta Chandrasekhar Vigyan Club (SCVC)

Smita Raul   Samanta Chandrasekhar Vigyan Club (SCVC)

In our schools, mathematics is a dreaded subject, perhaps even more so than other subjects like physics, chemistry and biology. One reason for this, it is believed, is that whatever is taught in the name of these subjects has little or nothing to do with real life. Experience has shown that once a clear link can be established, the teaching and learning of the subject at once becomes agreeable and enjoyable, the dread dissolves and children start loving it.

Today school mathematics is totally cut off from real life. The entire curriculum seems to be overlaid. In this process the entire delight and beauty of mathematics has got buried. Today, any school worth its salt, would boast of a physics, chemistry and biology laboratory-all agleam with the most modern gadgetry. Rare is a school which has even thought of having a mathematics lab. It is thought that mathematics is best learnt by mugging up tables and by repeatedly solving boring sums. Most of the children are scared of mathematics and carry the burden of it through precious years in school. If children are to appreciate the beauty of mathematics, it is imperative, that they get a feel for mathematics through practical work.

Origami is the Japanese art, the meaning of origami Ori = to fold & Gami = paper, simply we can say, origami is nothing but the paper folding. By systematically folding a paper, one could fold lots of angles, polygons, curves and 3-D polyhedral, by this method one can learn a lot of concrete mathematics. For origami no special paper required, however stationary shops cell origami papers, which are thin sheets of paper colored on one side, that are squares of different colors, stacked together in packets. But for models ordinary paper will sufficient. Even computer stationary, printed on one side can be used. Discarded photocopy paper can also used as Origami paper. Origami is also a fun-filled activity in itself as well as an approach to enhancing one’s mathematics especially geometrical thinking while developing co-ordination between one thought and action.

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