Description of the Project
In the second quarter of Grade Five we did a unit on Geometry.
Students have been exploring tessellations and the work of Dutch artist M.C.
Escher. On November 30, 1998 we made a class trip to the Escher
Exhibition in Rotterdam.
M.C. Escher was born 100 years ago, and yet his woodcut prints and
lithographs look so very modern that they almost seem to have been
created using computer technology instead of traditional tools. Escher
did not consider himself an artist or a scientist, though his work has
been a great inspiration to students here who have used his ideas in
both maths and art lessons to produce their own tessellation designs and
Escher used the natural world - especially
- as well as his training
in architecture (2)
to visualise and create his designs.
Note: Check out the animated graphics in the links above to see
how Escher created his tessellations.
Our students have used a computer software program Tessellmania
developed by Kevin Lee to create their own designs and produce their
pictures. Click on the links in the menu to see some examples of
tessellations which our grade 5 class has created.
Maths Forum Project Award : In addition to our
Tessellation Projects, our grade 5 students regularly participate in the
Forum Project "Elementary Problem of the Week". The class of 98-99
placed in the top 50 groups (out of 7000 entries) and was awarded this
certificate from the organizers of the project.