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Mathematical Hands-On Projects
 

Adventures with Impossible Figures
by Bruno Ernst
For the serious student to the professor. If you enjoy Escher's work, (he's the gentleman who creates those wonderful pictures where you do not know whether you are coming or going) Bruno Ernst is the person who taught him. This book explains it all. The concepts look esoteric but aren't. The procedures are simple. You can create your own optical conundrums once you understand the principles.

$14.95


Bridges: Amazing Structures to Design, Build & Test (Kaleidoscope Kids)
by Michael P. Kline (illustrator), Carol A. Johmann, Elizabeth J. Rieth
This book contains descriptions of bridges around the world and the construction techniques used to build them. Hands-on activities encourage aspiring young engineers and architects to design, build, and test these structures. It explains how & why different types of bridges don't fall down. There are instructions on how to build each major kind: arches, beams, trusses, cantilevers, and suspension bridges. There are also examples of bridges that failed, like the Tacoma Narrows Bridge.

$10.95


The Chemical Helix
by Jenkins & Bear
For ages 11 +. Make a 3-dimensional model of the periodic table.

Discontinued


Computer Waiting Games: Things to Do While Downloading, Processing, or Crashing
by Hal Bownam
With a few basic supplies and a working computer, you can turn on-line frustration into plenty of rewarding creations. According to efficiency experts, the average computer user spends nine minutes every day waiting for files and web screens to download-that's more than 54 hours a year! With so much time-a-wasting, you need Computer Waiting Games, a collection of how-to projects, puzzles, games, and activities to do while your computer toils away. It's a great gift for the computer geek in your life. Hal Bowman, a tech support consultant in New Jersey, developed the activities in this book after three years of working with a 28k modem and a 486/66 processor.

$14.95


DNA
by Brian Van Loon
For ages 11 and up. The Marvelous Molecule Model. A construction project.

$10.00


Forty Knots to Know: Hitchs, Loops, Bends and Binding (Quick Starts for Kids!)
by Emily Stetson, Marc Nadel (illustrator), Sarah Raktin (Illustrator)
Great for all ages. The table of contents and index will guide those readers who already know the name of the knot they need. Introductory pages list and define types of knots and terminology, and a quiz helps readers decide what type of knot to use for specific kinds of tasks. The "Fab Five Knots" chapter notes their uses and provides directions for square, two half hitches, figure-eight, bowline, and sheet bend knots, one of which is likely to be appropriate for any situation in which a knot is needed. Practicing tying, even in the dark, is emphasized. The step-by-step directions and diagrams with directional arrows are helpful.

$7.95


Fractal Cuts
by Diego Uribe
For ages 12 and up. Ten fractal cuts are used to create pop-up cards. Materials are included.

$18.95


Geometric Exercises in Paper Folding
by T.S.Row
A new "twist" on origami.

$4.95


Hinged Dissections: Swinging and Twisting
by Greg N. Frederickson
Using this book, you can explore ways to create hinged collections of pieces that swing together to form a figure. For anyone who loves to see beautiful objects in motion.

$45.00


Leonardo's Machines
by Bernard Ambrose
Insights into the works of this genius of the Renaissance with 4 paper models to cut out and glue together. They are accompanied by interesting commentary on Leonardo's thoughts, understandings, and misunderstandings.

$15.00


Make Shapes 1
by Jenkins Wild
Each book contains several complex mathematical models providing at least 12 hours of enjoyment each. There are plenty of suggestions and ideas for coloring and decorating.

$13.00 each


Make Shapes 2
by Jenkins Wild
Each book contains several complex mathematical models providing at least 12 hours of enjoyment each. There are plenty of suggestions and ideas for coloring and decorating.

$13.00 each


Make Shapes 3
by Jenkins Wild
Each book contains several complex mathematical models providing at least 12 hours of enjoyment each. There are plenty of suggestions and ideas for coloring and decorating.

$13.00 each


Mathematical Curiosities 1
by Gerald Jenkins & Madalen Bear
For ages 11 and up, each book contains several colorful models to cut out and glue together. Each model reveals curious and interesting properties of the shape. Some fold and unfold; some twist; others fit together in unexpected ways. All illustrate mathematical ideas in an amusing and interesting fashion. A minibook is included giving background information and further ideas.

$15.00 each


Mathematical Curiosities 2
by Gerald Jenkins & Madalen Bear
For ages 11 and up, each book contains several colorful models to cut out and glue together. Each model reveals curious and interesting properties of the shape. Some fold and unfold; some twist; others fit together in unexpected ways. All illustrate mathematical ideas in an amusing and interesting fashion. A minibook is included giving background information and further ideas.

$15.00 each


Mathematical Models
by Cundy & Rollett
For ages 11 and up, this is the classic book of detailed instructions for making a wide variety of mathematical models of all kinds. Complete nets are given for all regular Archimedean and stellated polyhedra together with a number of interesting compounds. There are sections on paper folding, dissections, curve stitching, linkages, the drawing of loci and envelopes and the construction of plane tessellations.

$48.00


Mathematical Origami: Geometric Shapes by Paper Folding
by David Mitchell
For grade 9 and up and up! This is a great use for scrap paper. It is British so Americans should note that A4 paper is not the American standard 8.5" X 11" but it doesn't make any difference for most of the structures. When you get to the Skeletal Cube shave the 8.5 inch dimension to 7.78 inches and you'll be fine. This book is a wonderful guide that will help you to understand the relationship between origami and mathematics. Highly recommended!

$21.00


Modular Origami Polyhedra
by Lewis Simon
It may look slim, but this book is chock-full of several models in each of many families of modules. Not hours, but weeks of fun (not to mention a lot of paper squares). There are some corrections of the text which do appear on the Amazon.com site.

$6.95


Origami Paper – Metallic Foil

$5.95


Paper-Folding Fun! 50 Awesome Crafts to Weave, Twist & Curl (Williamson Kids Can! Series)
by Ginger Johnson, Betsy Day (Illustrator)
Aimed at grades 3-5. Projects are presented, including books, jewelry, cards, mobiles, mats, and boxes. Each project begins with a picture of the finished product, a list of materials, and good, step-by-step directions with clear black-and-white illustrations. Materials used are inexpensive and readily available.

$12.95


Paper Polyhedra
by Jenkins & Bear
15 symmetrical models to cut out and glue together. A stimulating collection of 3-dimensional mathematical forms. The colors have been chosen to accentuate the special relationships of their surfaces. An excellent special project for 4th - 6th graders.

$13.00


Polysymmetrics
by June Oliver
The art of making geometric patterns.

$13.00


Quilt Design Masters
by Luanne S. Cohen, Joan Gideon
For Quilters and Teachers (grades 3-10). This book helps students visualize and understand rotations and reflections. The projects involve 400 historical quilt patterns. Blackline masters and suggested ways to integrate quilt projects into a curriculum are included. Great for teaching, or for finding new ideas for your quilts.

$16.50


Slice Forms
by John Sharp
For ages 13/14 and up. Create collapsing mathematical models from paper sections. The models are made from intersecting sets of parallel planes which slot together in a clever way to generate interesting 3-dimensional surfaces. The book contains materials to create the models. There is also a poster.

$15.00


Real-World Math for Hands-On-Fun! (Williamson Kids Can! Series)
by Cindy A. Littlefield, Michael Kline (Illustrator), Cynthia Littlefield
Aimed at Grades 3-5. The book includes interesting math tricks such as: determining how close a storm is by timing the interval between claps of thunder; how to decipher U.S. ZIP codes; innovative math-based craft projects and mathematical trivia. There are six sections discussing numbers, shapes, measurements, time, probability, and money. Historical background information is included. Easily obtainable kitchen or stationery-store supplies are required to complete the projects. Many of the projects relate to everyday living. This book is a joy to teachers and curious kids.

$12.95


Sun Moon & Tides
by Jenkins & Bear
A collection of working models to cut out and glue together.

$15.00


Three Dimensions and Impossible Solids
by Allan Wiltshire
Using reproducible sheets, the user learns how to draw those fascinating shapes that cannot exist in reality.For ages 10 and up.

$13.00


Vacuum Bazookas, Electric Rainbow Jelly, and 27 Other Saturday Science Projects
by Jim Wilkinson, Neil A. Downie
Downie runs a science club in England that teaches kids the physical principles behind technology. With his projects, he exhibits a playful attitude that disarms any hesitation about using everyday stuff, like radio-controlled toys, for example, for the basic gear that many of the projects require. Most of the projects illustrate the physics of waves or mechanics. For the more serious gadgeteer, Downie attaches to each project an explanation of the mathematics describing what's going on. But every project is built around inspiring delight and wonder. There is an upgrade of the classic cups-and-string telecom technology. He illustrates the basic idea of modern smart-bomb warfare in the shape of a (perfectly safe) guided carpet missile. Throughout the book, he sprinkles a number of amusing, useless, labor-saving devices: Anybody need a string-driven nutcracker? A great idea-book for the Erector set crowd.

$18.95


What Einstein Told His Cook: Kitchen Science Explained
by Robert L. Wolke, Marlene Parrish
"Why do recipes call for unsalted butter and salt? What is a microwave, actually? Are smoked foods raw or cooked? Robert L. Wolke's enlightening and entertaining book offers answers to these and 127 other questions about everyday kitchen phenomena. "Organized into basic categories like "Sweet Talk" (questions involving sugar), "Fire and Ice" (we learn why water boils and freezers burn, among other things), and "Tools and Technology" (the best kind of frying pan, for example), the book also provides illustrative recipes like Black Raspberry Coffee Cake (to demonstrate how metrics work in recipes) and Bob's Mahogany Game Hens (showing what brining can do). With technical illustrations, tips, and more, the book offers abundant evidence that learning the whys and hows of cooking can help us enjoy the culinary process almost as much as its results. With its zest for the truth, this book will help cooks learn how to make more intelligent choices." An very entertaining and very useful book.

$25.95


When are We Ever Gonna Use This
by Hal Saunders
For Grades 7-12. After interviewing working people--from dentists to firefighters to carpet cleaners-the author formulated more than 350 "real-life" work problems. Students explore 60 different math topics in the problems, which are arranged by occupation and math content in three levels of difficulty. A wall chart summarizes the results, showing 100 occupations and the 71 kinds of math they require each day! Includes answers.

$14.95