The STEAM Behind the Fun
Patterns are repeated forms that can be found in nature and in objects we engineer ourselves. We incorporate them into everything from music to architecture. Sometimes we create them, and other times they happen unintentionally.
Patterns are found in math too. For example, sequences are strings of numbers that follow a pattern. You’ll see them in multiplication tables too.
Ada Lovelace was the first mathematician to see the enormous potential of computers and hypothesize that they might be used one day for applications other than mathematics. Some people thing that the inspiration for this idea came from her familiarity with art, and weaving in particular. In 1843, she said, “The Analytical Engine weaves algebraic patterns just as the Jacquard loom weaves flowers and leaves.”
To create camouflage, artists and designers either create mimicking patterns like leaves, allowing objects to blend in to a particular background, or they create disruptive patterns where regular patterns have been destroyed and regular edges are broken up.
This project and more like it are featured in Liz’s new book STEAM Lab for Kids:52 Creative Hands-On Projects Using Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (Quarry Books, spring 2018).
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