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MATH STEM Activity perfect for math or English class! Expand Math vocabulary and have fun with a Ruler math/art project that involves drawing parabolic curves (curves that are made by drawing a series of straight lines). Keywords: string art, math, geometry, patterns, parabolic curves
Hands on activity includes real world learning, research, writing, and creating with your hands. All with the use of a classic fairy tale character Rumpelstiltskin, who allows students to extend and rewrite his story!
Each student completes a piece. Display creations for math or STEM night and have students explain their products!
Continued Fairy Tale Link
Real World Extension/ Research opportunity
Certificate of achievement for mastering challenge
Level of Difficulty:
Your students need to be able to use a ruler to draw straight lines between 2 points (the curves are made with straight lines … it’s like magic!). The designs can look more complicated than they actually are. Concentration is required, but the actual process is not difficult.
Simple, clear, easy-to-follow instructions are provided. Display the instructions via a data projector if you have access to one. Otherwise print and enlarge them and/or demonstrate on an enlarged template.
Time: Use Rumpelstiltskin STEM for an 1 hour or 3 hours with extensions!