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."

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