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Folding Tech: Using Origami and Nature to Revolutionize Technology

By: Karen Latchana Kenney

Space probes, self-assembling robots, crash-absorbing cars, and designer proteins all have one thing in common: their use of folding technologies. To develop these technologies, engineers are taking inspiration from an unusual source?origami, the ancient art of paper folding. Examine origami's origins, how it intersects with mathematics, and how it became a tool to solve some of the most complicated challenges in engineering, architecture, technology, and medicine today. Plus, get a close-up look at these technologies with two augmented reality images included in the book!

“NASA’s Folding Machines.” Time line. Glossary. Source notes. Selected bibliography. Further information. Index. Full-color photographs and diagrams.

ISBN: 9781541533042

JLG Release: Jan 2021


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Origami , Industrial applications , Biomimicry , Machine design , Folds (form) , Technology development , Engineering

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Gr 8 Up–Kenney details the history of origami and other folding methods and how these techniques can help solve problems in modern engineering, architecture, technology, and medicine. The text points out that math is the language of the universe, and it has ties to the natural and artificial worlds. Some ideas are repeated throughout the text, su Gr 8 Up–Kenney details the history of origami and other folding methods and how these techniques can help solve problems in modern engineering, architecture, technology, and medicine. The text points out that math is the language of the universe, and it has ties to the natural and artificial worlds. Some ideas are repeated throughout the text, such as how the pattern of the Fibonacci sequence can be found in nature, but these are treated as classically understood ideas rather than fresh discoveries. Including contemporary scientific ideas alongside historic theories adds depth to this work, allowing readers to connect concepts from 17th-century paper folding to innovations in upcoming space missions. A variety of art is included, which ranges from traditional Japanese paintings to color photographs. The diversity of art supplements the connection between historical art and contemporary practice. The visual representations of the origami instructions are well drawn and easy to follow. VERDICT This title highlights the “A” in STEAM and is sufficiently meaty in its scientific presentation. The sample origami projects also make this title a great resource to bridge science and origami in the home and classroom.–Lisa Bosarge, Enoch Pratt Free Lib., Baltimore

Book Details

ISBN

9781541533042

First Release

January 2021

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

736

Trim Size

6" x 9"

Page Count

104

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Library edition

Publisher

Twenty-First Century Books

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Origami, Industrial applications, Biomimicry, Machine design, Folds (form), Technology development, Engineering,

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