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Drawing Polygons with MicroWorlds

MicroWorlds (MW) is based on the logo computer language. Like a spoken language, it has a vocabulary and rules for using the vocabulary. This five-part activity introduces students to the basic commands of MW.

Exploring Pure Tessellations

This activity explores tessellations of regular polygons. Tessellations are an arrangement of closed shapes that completely cover the plane without overlapping or leaving gaps.

Exploring Escher-Like Tessellations

This activity provides a look into non-regular, Escher-like tessellations with a connection of art and mathematics in the vein of the art of M.C. Escher. This activity comes from the LCSI, www.microworlds.com/library/math/escher/tip.html.

Exploring the Four-Color Theorem

In this activity students will explore the Four-Color Theorem by coloring various maps in MicroWorlds.

Exploring Koch's Snowflake

This activity begins with students drawing the first three levels of Koch’s Snowflake with pencil and ruler and numerically calculating area and perimeter. Students will conjecture how these values grow as the Snowflake level continues to increase. Beyond level three logo is employed to create the more complex levels of Koch’s idea. This activity is based on code written by Michael Serra in his textbook Discovering Geometry: An Inductive Approach.

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