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Tessellations and STEM

Tessellations are a great art form that incorporate math. I have always been fascinated by tessellations — they are basically a visual image of infinity (so cool!). A good friend of mine recently published an eBook about this very subject and I wanted to share this awesome resource.

On the WEBSITE the author has this to say about his book:

This book will introduce the elements of Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) that you need to create your own tessellations in HTML5. You’ll start with the humble line and build up to  tessellations found in the book and the gallery. You’ll find links to resources for further learning here on this site. If you’re a beginner in web development, I recommend you get started on some of the Youtube tutorial.

Now, elementary students obviously are not going to be fluent in web development or coding (unless you teach at some kid genius school) but I think this concept is an EXCELLENT example of how S.T.E.M. can be used in the art classroom. The United States is currently pushing the idea of S.T.E.M. in education to make Americans more competitive and competent in the work force. Art has a significant role in this because it already incorporates ideas of science (observation, materials, chemical reactions) technology (apps, graphic design, advertising) engineering (designing, building, constructing) and math (measuring, shapes, symmetry).

Visit the SVG Tessellation blog to learn more about this cross-curricular art form!


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