Mathematical Nets + Digital Video Creation = Holographic Fun!

Holograms, once thought of as a thing of the future, are becoming more and more prevalent today. Here’s how a math lesson became a chance in holographic creation.

The past two years I’ve worked with some amazing sixth grade math teachers (shout-outs to Linda S., Taylor S., and Raisa D.) during their geometry unit. One of the items students study are nets or patterns which can be folded to create 3-D shapes. An activity which can reinforce the concept is creating a holographic projector, maybe you’ve seen one on YouTube.

They kicked-off the lessons with a couple of pop culture references in which holograms were used:
CW’s The Flash ➔ 2×20
ABC’s The Good Doctor ➔ 1×09

Next, they worked with students in creating miniature holographic projectors for a smart phone. They extended the construction by having the students design & build larger ones for tablets or Chromebooks.

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Afterwards, the students had the ability to create their own videos for holographic projection. We utilized our licenses to WeVideo to create our recordings which are then layered & arranged in different quadrants. I supplied a video tutorial for the students.

Unleashing student creativity was AWESOME!!! Some students recorded themselves showing off some dance moves, others got more creative. I worked with a couple of students, some wanted to green screening and others wanted to do time lapse/stop motion animation. Here are two examples below:

What kind of project/activity have you been amazed by students’ creativity? I would love to read about it in the comments below.

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