PSCTM Winter 2023 Dinner


Mon Feb 06 2023 at 05:00 pm to 07:30 pm


Bishop Blanchet High School | Seattle, WA

My 50-year Journey with Origami, Math, and Polyhedra
Rona Gurkewitz
About this Event
My 50-year Journey with Origami, Math, and Polyhedra

Rona Gurkewitz

You do not want to miss this in person event! Come do Origami with Rona!

Rona will lead us through an original Modular Origami book task of her own design. She will share her experiences using it with fifth grade girls where members of the Psychology Department determined that this activity significantly improved their scores on a mental rotation spatial relations test (statistically significant). In addition, she will take us through some easy folding of polyhedra models made from square and triangular simple gyroscope modules. The folds show ways of being creative in designing models. The same process (algorithm) that makes a module on a square makes a module on a triangle. The models, based on a cube and icosahedron, show their duals; the octahedron and the dodecahedron, in the mountain folds.

Rona is currently on the Advisory Board of SUMM, The Seattle Universal Math Museum and a Professor Emerita at Western Connecticut State University, teaching Website Production remotely, part time. She has taught Math, Computer Science and Origami since the 1970s. She has a lot of experience teaching remedial math and has taught Computer Science classes in discrete math, algorithms and coding. She founded and ran a Math Clinic tutoring center. Rona was associated with Lilliam Oppenheimer and the Origami Center in NY, now Origami USA. Since 1996, she has written four books on modular origami polyhedra that have sold over 150,000 copies. Rona has a BA and MA in math from UCLA. She also has an MS and MPhil in Computer Science from the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at NYU.

  • 5 pm social
  • 5:30 pm dinner
  • 6:15 pm: announcements
  • 6:30 – 7:30 pm presentation

You may register here and pay at the door, or pay for dinner and membership online. $15 for Members, $20 if not. Annual membership costs $8 for elementary teachers, $15 for all others. Members are eligible for the Royal Pennewell door prize drawing.

Free clock hours are provided by Puget Sound Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Please register for them at the door.




Where is it happening?

Bishop Blanchet High School, 8200 Wallingford Ave N, Seattle, United States

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USD 0.00 to USD 30.00

Puget Sound Council for Teachers of Mathematics

Host or Publisher Puget Sound Council for Teachers of Mathematics

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