In celebrating National Park Services’ centennial in 2016, Channel Islands National Park commissioned local artist BiJian Fan to create the islands wildlife. California brown pelican was declassified as federally endangered species in 2009 due to successful preservation of its essential habitat within the Park. The artwork of wildlife is to engage public in preserving their habitat that is critical for the continued health of the population.
Conejo Valley Homeschoolers gathered on October 20, 2016 in Thousand Oaks, CA and took on an inquiry based curriculum - Origami Math Genius (OMG). They learned mathematical concepts such as arithmetic, fraction, and shape through hands-on origami activities, they also solved some mathematical problems associated with the origami.
OMG visualizes mathematical concepts in origami, advocates conceptual understanding, and fosters creativity. One example shown above is to determine the volume of an origami box through spatial reasoning and fraction arithmetic.
The advantage of learning math through origami has been established in numerous studies. More information on OMG can be found at http://www.bijian.com/omg.html
Westlake Village Art Guild will host a dinner and art demo by BiJian Fan at 6pm on November 1, 2016, Los Robles Greens in Thousand Oaks, CA. BiJian will demonstrate the art of paper on water. An integration of the two seemingly incompatible media is to challenge conventional perception of paper and enrich artistic expression. The art demo is open to public but reservation is required at http://www.wvartguild.org/demos.html.