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### 5 Reasons Why Origami Improves Students' Skills | Edutopia- 59 views

• origami
• This art form engages students and sneakily enhances their skills -- including improved spatial perception and logical and sequential thinking.
• Here are some ways that origami can be used in your classroom to improve a range of skills:
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• Geometry
• According to the National Center for Education Statistics in 2003, geometry was one area of weakness among American students.
• Origami has been found to strengthen an understanding of geometric concepts, formulas, and labels, making them come alive.
• Thinking Skills
• Origami excites other modalities of learning. It has been shown to improve spatial visualization skills using hands-on learning.
• Fractions
• Folding paper can demonstrate the fractions in a tactile way.
• Problem Solving
• Often in assignments, there is one set answer and one way to get there. Origami provides children an opportunity to solve something that isn't prescribed and gives them a chance to make friends with failure (i.e. trial and error).
• Origami is a fun way to explain physics concepts. A thin piece of paper is not very strong, but if you fold it like an accordion it will be.
• Researchers have found that students who use origami in math perform better.
• STEAM
• While schools are still catching up to the idea of origami as a STEAM engine (the merging of these disciplines), origami is already being used to solve tough problems in technology.
• Additionally, the National Science Foundation, one of the government's largest funding agencies, has supported a few programs that link engineers with artists to use origami in designs. The ideas range from medical forceps to foldable plastic solar panels.
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Origami, the ancient art of paper folding, has applications in the modern-day classroom for teaching geometry, thinking skills, fractions, problem solving, and fun science.

### MIT TechTV - Collection MIT+K12: FINALS (110 videos)- 51 views

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The videos in this collection are duplicates of those held in the MIT+K12 video channel on YouTube. They are being hosted here so that users who are unable to access youtube.com content are able to view them.

### Lesson Plans | TryEngineering- 67 views

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"TryEngineering offers a variety of lesson plans that align with education standards to allow teachers and students to apply engineering principles in the classroom."
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