The Learning Continues: Exploring Paper and Wood Through Japanese Origami

“I hear, and I forget. I see, and I remember. I do, and I understand.” 

~ Confucius, Chinese philosopher

Just like the last post I made, our Young STEAM Inventors wanted to share what they have been thinking and learning for the curriculum unit on Paper and Wood. We have been studying and creating Japanese origami, the art of paper folding. The following quotes are in their own words:

Young STEAM Inventor Wondering #1

“We learned about different types of paper and did experiments with Ms. Alicia. We tried to write on different types of paper:  we learned about origami paper, and that it’s a Japanese word that means “folding paper”. We learned that origami paper came here from Japan. We learned where Japan is on our map and read books about Japan.

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Origami can exist in cake form, too!

Young STEAM Inventor Wondering #2

“We learned that Bonsai trees mean little tree in Japan and that they don’t grow that tall. We did a lot of part experiments and then got to design and create our own paper sculptures. That was fun!  We are engineers and artists like Frank Lloyd Wright, but kids have better ideas.”

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Young STEAM Inventor Wondering #3

“We read books about STEM girls, too. This month is to celebrate strong girls and Women’s month around the world.”

For beautiful posters to download, print out and hang up around your classroom, your school, or on your fridge, check out the “Women You Should Know” website!


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