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Friday, October 25 • 09:45 - 11:00
The Wurzelschnecke: Delightful Designs, Surprising Spirals and Hands-On Geometry

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The beautiful Pythagorean Spiral (aka "Wurzelschnecke") offers a delightful hands-on inquiry exploration of right angle triangles and design for Gr. 7-12 classes. In this session, we will work on embodied, multisensory mathematics learning with the Wurzelschnecke and find inspiration for some fascinating lessons and projects. This spiral, made of 17 right-angle triangles easily drawn with ruler and pencil, lends itself to many beautiful and surprising design patterns (from jewellery to architecture), and gives life to the idea that mathematics and geometry have real-life meaning as the inspiration for many delightful designs.

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Susan Gerofsky

Associate Professor, Dept. of Curriculum & Pedagogy, UBC
I bring experience in a number of fields to an innovative, interdisciplinary approach to environmental education, curriculum theory and mathematics education. My embodied, arts-based approach to mathematics and environmental education is informed by my background in linguistics and... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2019 09:45 - 11:00
B101