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Critical Thinking in Design: Hands-On Introduction to Software for Laser Cutting, 3D Printing, and More

Saturday, November 11
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
Location: 212 A

The ability to construct precise computer models in 2D or 3D is valuable across the board. Participants get to build a 2D model in Rhino 5, ready to feed into a laser cutter. We also discuss a variety of practical questions, including budget considerations and curricular relevance in the mathematics classroom. There are free software options, affordable external production services, and a host of utility in a mathematics classroom. Rhino is a Computer Assisted Design (CAD) environment; CAD environments are hands-on coordinate systems--polar coordinates, complex numbers, and matrices come to life!

If possible, please bring a laptop and download+install a free trial of Rhino 5 before the session.

Paul Gafni

Mathematics Instructor
Robinson Center for Young Scholars, University of Washington

Paul Gafni's primary professional aim is to share his passion for mathematics with K-12 students. Paul excelled in his undergraduate math program, receiving departmental recognition for Outstanding Achievement in Mathematics both as a sophomore and as a senior. After graduating magna cum laude with a B.A. in Mathematics in 2011, Paul has (so far) opted out of pursuing further academic degrees in favor of a career teaching mathematics to highly capable youth.

Paul teaches the Transition School's mathematics class at the University of Washington's Robinson Center. Transition School serves highly capable students who aim to enter university early; Paul's students generally become full time university students at age 15, if they are successful at Transition School. Aside from his work at Transition School, Paul has been working with Math for Love since 2012, running a handful of Math Circles around the greater Seattle area. He also teaches online classes with Art of Problem Solving, and works privately with a handful of students. He has been teaching since 2008, and his primary mathematical interests are Combinatorial Game Theory, Abstract Algebra, Number Theory, Graph Theory, and Combinatorics.

When he's not teaching or learning math, you might find Paul out of the country or working on art in a variety of forms. Since 2011, his travels have included Thailand, Malaysia, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Colombia, and Guatemala. His art focus lately has been on designing and fabricating fractal jewelry, using laser cut acrylic and birch. Past art projects include a motorized couch and a 6 foot flower wooden with 3+4+...+10=52 pentagonal petals.

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