Amazing Math Projects You Can Build Yourself

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Make a geodesic dome big enough to sit in. Solve one of the world’s hardest two-piece puzzles. Pass a straight line through a curved slot. From prime numbers to paraboloids, Amazing Math Projects You Can Build Yourself introduces readers ages 9 and up to the beauty and wonder of math through hands-on activities. Kids will cut apart shapes to discover area formulas, build beautiful geometric models to explore their properties, and amaze friends with the mysterious Möbius strip. ...
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Make a geodesic dome big enough to sit in. Solve one of the world’s hardest two-piece puzzles. Pass a straight line through a curved slot. From prime numbers to paraboloids, Amazing Math Projects You Can Build Yourself introduces readers ages 9 and up to the beauty and wonder of math through hands-on activities. Kids will cut apart shapes to discover area formulas, build beautiful geometric models to explore their properties, and amaze friends with the mysterious Möbius strip.

Learning through examples of how we encounter math in our daily lives, children will marvel at the mathematical patterns in snowflakes and discover the graceful curves in the Golden Gate Bridge. Readers will never look at soap bubbles the same way again!

Amazing Math Projects You Can Build Yourself includes projects about number patterns, lines, curves, and shapes. Each activity includes intriguing facts, vocabulary builders, and connections to other topics. A companion website includes video instructions for many projects in the book and provides additional activities. Amazing Math Projects meets Common Core State Standards for reading informational text. Guided Reading Levels and Lexile measurements indicate grade level and text complexity.

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Editorial Reviews

CJ Connor Campbell County Public Library CLEAR Review
This book is full of hands-on math projects that are easy and fun. From interesting applications of numbers and counting, to geometric shapes and even experiments with bubbles, this book is sure to make math fun! It carefully explains each mathematical concept and includes vocabulary that reinforce the narrative. Then the concept is applied to a project or game, including fun facts. This book will get lots of attention and use for sure.
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Library Media Connection
"Wondering how to make math fun or how to encourage students to see math as an interesting subject? This book shows readers how math concepts can be learned using readily available items. Sections cover number patterns, lines, curves, and shapes. Introducing the concepts through hands-on activities conveys how mathematics is not as scary as many think. Chapters provide directions for the activities, along with other facts, and “words 2 know.” Students will appreciate the fun, creative activities. Younger readers may have difficulty with some of the vocabulary. Bibliography. Glossary. Index.[Editor’s Note: An additional activity and facts are available at the publisher’s website.] Recommended."

CLEAR Review
"This book is full of hands-on math projects that are easy and fun. From interesting applications of numbers and counting, to geometric shapes and even experiments with bubbles, this book is sure to make math fun! It carefully explains each mathematical concept and includes vocabulary that reinforces the narrative. Then the concept is applied to a project or game, including fun facts. This book will get lots of attention and use for sure."

Magnus Wenninger Fr.
“A wonderful book, I am utterly delighted and pleased with its vast mathematical content. The book begins with the simplest notions of arithmetic and proceeds on to geometry and all kinds of higher math, with plenty of hands-on constructions and do-it-yourself suggestions.

David Bressoud, the DeWitt Wallace Professor of Mathematics, Macalester College; President, Mathematical Association of America
“…Very hands-on and easy to get into and draws students into an active engagement with mathematical ideas. Well done!”

Children's Literature - David Adams
Question: Why did the chicken cross the Mobius strip? Answer: To get to the same side! The Mobius strip is just one of approximately three dozen projects in Amazing Math. Other projects are bubble films, fraction dials, paper snowflakes, kites, and a geodesic dome made out of a lot of newspaper. Categories of math include Numbers & Counting; Angles, Curves, & Paths; Shapes; and Patterns. Some of the projects might be described more as simple activities, some requiring little more than pencil and paper. Other projects are a little more creative, if not thrifty. Project tips include money savers such as using cereal boxes for cardboard templates. The accompanying website adds an extra dimension because the videos show how to do the projects. Drawbacks of the book are black and white only text and drawings. There are some projects that involve items like colored pencils, so color would have made the reading that much richer. The website videos are somewhat lackluster because of the monotonous voice. It could probably also use some low background music. The credentials of the book's author are conspicuously absent. Amazing Math could use a stronger presentation, but it is nevertheless a handy guide to instill math concepts. This book is part of the "Build It Yourself" series. Includes glossary, bibliography, and index. Reviewer: David Adams
School Library Journal
Gr 4–7—This activity book is illustrated with lively black-and-white cartoon figures and shapes to reproduce, cut out, and construct. Many of the projects will require adult help for understanding and manipulation. The focus is on geometry, numbers, and shapes and includes levels of math from mere counting to Fibonacci sequences to the hyperboloid. The brightly colored cover draws readers in but the dense text might turn off those with less understanding of math. There are step-by-step instructions clearly numbered for each project and quick explanations about the math involved. While many patterns are included, they must be enlarged or reproduced on heavier paper so a copier is necessary. While individuals are instructed to copy patterns, no copyright privileges are extended for teachers or schools, making this a home-use product only.—Erlene Bishop Killeen, Stroughton Area School District, WI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934670576
  • Publisher: Nomad Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2010
  • Series: Build It Yourself Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 966,526
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Laszlo Bardos is a high school mathematics teacher and website author. He holds a degree in engineering and a master’s degree in business administration. He is the author of the website CutOutFoldUp.com, a site of mathematical models that you can make out of paper. He collected interesting math models and tidbits since he was a kid. As a teacher, he saw the value of having students build and manipulate models to visualize math concepts

Samuel Carbaugh: Sam Carbaugh is a freelance cartoonist and illustrator. He has worked with many colleges and companies to create informational comics and illustrations.

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  • Posted November 23, 2010

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    Stories for Children 4 1/2 Star Review

    Reviewed by: Kris Quinn Christopherson

    Synopsis: From prime numbers to paraboloids, Amazing Math Projects You Can Build Yourself introduces readers to the beauty and wonder of math through hands-on activities including projects about number patterns, lines, curves, and shapes. Learning through examples of how we encounter math in our daily lives, children will marvel at the mathematical patterns in snowflakes and discover the graceful curves in the Golden Gate Bridge. Readers will never look at soap bubbles the same way again. A companion website includes video instructions for many projects in the book and provides additional activities.

    Overall thoughts: Math was not my favorite, nor my best, subject in school, so I was a bit apprehensive about reading this book. However, it was an interesting read and allowed this hesitant math student to enjoy the idea of making a geodesic dome big enough to sit in.

    The book jumped right into the simplest arithmetic and moved its way to higher mathematical concepts. Filled with illustrations, 'did you know' blurbs, and 'words 2 know', it allows even the mathematical novice to be engaged in the concepts. I appreciated that the projects were written in clear and easy-to-understand formats, and included supply lists with on-hand items to implement concepts such as the Pythagorean Theorem and platonic solids. With this book, you can definitely build projects to enhance your math skills and classes if enrolled in school, but it is not a text book.

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