Gizmo of the Week: Holiday Snowflake Designer

It’s December and the skies are filled with snowflakes—at least in our imagination. This is a great time to break out scissors and paper and spend a relaxing afternoon crafting paper snowflakes.

Students can gain insight into the symmetry of paper snowflakes with the Holiday Snowflake Designer Gizmo. In the Gizmo, students can choose either a six-sided or an eight-sided snowflake and use a variety of “scissors” to create their snowflake, change colors, and show off their designs. They see how the design they create on one segment of the snowflake is reflected and rotated to the rest of the snowflake, then locate the axes of symmetry. Best of all, you won’t have to clean up a million tiny slivers of paper afterward!

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