Origami Math Genius (OMG)
OMG is a curriculum of origami math developed by BiJian Fan to integrate art and science in K-12 education. It is to turn every student into an OMG !
Origami math originated from the art of paper folding, it is a subset of mathematics that describes the governing laws of paper folding. A folding diagram in Figure 1 illustrates the mathematics in origami, from simple concepts such as geometry and fraction to more complicated concepts like spatial visualization and computer aided design. Origami has been used to create contemporary art, solve design problems in airbag, stent, robot, satellite, and many other fields.
OMG brings fun and hands-on activities into learning. Students can learn mathematical concept and logic in creating origami artworks, cultivate imagination and creativity, develop problem-solving skill. BiJian brings OMG curriculum to his community, he utilizes OMG to excite children and adults, help them to overcome math anxiety, and stimulates their intellectual curiosity. OMG has received grants from Smith-Hobson Foundation, Edison International, and other organization. It has been taught at Pleasant Valley School District, Conejo Valley Unified School District, Los Angeles Unified School District, Skirball Cultural Center, Gull Wings Children's Museum, Studio Channel Islands Art Center, and home schools in Ventura County.
The slides below illustrate OMG projects. Contact BiJian for more information.