MathHappens @ the Thinkery with Marjorie Rice Tessellating Pentagons

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We had a great time at the Thinkery’s Community Spotlight:  Women in STEAM.  Thanks to Halle Herzog, Kyla Kalugden and Cassandra Gonzalez.  We featured the irregular pentagon tilings and artistic butterfly stylings of Marjorie Rice.

Marjorie Rice found 4 of the remaining 6 types that were still unidentified in 1975.  For this activity we looked at a number of shapes that Tessellate or cover a floor without gaps, and two examples of Marjorie’s irregular tessellating Pentagons:  Number 9 – see beautiful puzzle, and Number 13 – heart shaped blanks to tessellate.

We joined reflected images like Marjorie did to make butterflies.  See some of our project notes here.  

For this activity we looked at Tessellations, the three tessellating regular polygons, irregular polygons, regular hexagons and two examples of Marjorie’s irregular tessellating Pentagons.  Number 9 – see beautiful puzzle, and Number 13 – blank to tessellate and decorate (no sharp corners not that one).

 

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