How does origami or a soccer ball relate to math? They both offer real-world examples of geometry that educators can use to motivate students, suggests professor Pamela Clute, who recently led a workshop for math teachers at the University of California, Riverside. "Origami is a branch of math -- how do you fold material so that it occupies a small amount of space, but when you need it, it expands and becomes something useful," Clute explained, adding, "Air bags, that was all developed through origami."
Workshop aims to help educators apply math lessons to the real world
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