Knot Just Numbers Workshop

Explore mathematical reasoning through paper and string. Learn how the centuries old techniques of origami and knot tying are connected to cutting edge robotics research, drug delivery, and more. Groups will choose which track to follow, Origami or Knots.

Participants will explore:

  • Mathematical reasoning
  • Origami
  • Robotics
  • The intersection of art, science, and mathematics

MATERIALS (per student)

Origami Track

  • 15 sheets of 6” Origami paper*
  • 2 sheets of Shrink film*
  • 4 sheets of 8.5” x 11” Chip board*
  • 1 Glue stick*
  • 3 sheets Graph paper*
  • 1 Pencil
  • 1 Scissors
  • 1 Straightedge ruler
  • 1 Computer
  • 1 Oven

Knot Track

  • 5mm Rope cut into six 5” segments and two 10” segments*
  • 3D Printed rope connectors* Eight plug and eight socket (requires assembly with rope segments) Note: available only through MIT Museum
  • 2 Round shoe laces
  • Small amount of any type of tape

Note: *MIT Museum can purchase and deliver to group leader.