Mathigon is a website that explores and displays the true beauty of mathematics. The site is relatively new, and still has some parts that are under construction. However, there are plenty of features that are ready to use right now.
Mathigon includes an e-book called World of Mathematics that can also be downloaded as a Chrome app. It is full of wonderful information, activities, and animations.
Along with its e-book, Mathigon currently provides 6 other slideshows and activities, with 3 more that are “under development.” My favorite two of the completed projects are, “Alice in FractalLand” and “Maths Treasure Hunt.” The second one offers resources for teachers and wonderful graphic printables to engage upper elementary and/or secondary students.
“Alice in FractalLand” is a delightful slide show that uses footage from the Disney film and integrates some of what I term “Masterpieces of Mathematics.” The Fibonacci sequence, Pascal’s triangle, and fractals are all included in this digital adventure. (If you would like some other resources for these topics, here are some links to posts I have done in the past: Fibonacci, Mensa for Kids, The Twelve Days of Christmas, and Nature By Numbers. You also might be interested in this Rainbow Loom Fibonacci link that I recently got from the fabulous TechChef4U.)
Got a student fascinated with origami? Try Mathigon’s “Mathematical Origami” link. (You can click on the “i” underneath each picture for folding instructions.)
Or perhaps you want to show the applications of mathematics in various careers, including sports? Try Mathigon’s “Panorama” tool.
For anyone who has a passion for math – or even shows potential for a passion for math – Mathigon is a site that will be welcomed and enjoyed.