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Culturally Situated Design Tools

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This site makes possible interactive exploration of the mathematics involved in some aspects of African and Native American culture.
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Material Type: Simulation
Technical Format: Java Applet
CAUTION: Java Applets may not run on all browsers
Date Added to MERLOT: July 01, 2002
Date Modified in MERLOT: April 26, 2004
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Submitter: Kurt Cogswell


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Primary Audience: High School, College General Ed
Mobile Compatibility: Not specified at this time
Language: English
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Avatar for Chris Cooper
12 years ago

Chris Cooper (Student)

I viewed this website for almost 10 minutes. relating geometry to cornrow
hairstyles is a very creative way of explaining concepts like translation,
rotation, reflection, ect. I enjoyed the unique presentation of the material,
and the content was easy to understand and learn from.

Technical Remarks:

Some of the links are not working. I "refreshed" the site and then they came up
Used in course

Avatar for Fernando Brasil
13 years ago

Fernando Brasil (Student)

I spent about 40 minutes browsing this site. This site was a lesson in African
history and fractals. I learned that African American hairstyles have been
influenced by fractals.
In particular, the "cornrow" hairstyle. This style is made up of braids; these
braids are made up of Y's that grow smaller at the end. A student visiting this
site will enjoy African history and,how math plays a part in the history.

Technical Remarks:

This site has a cumbersome applet. This applet has a strange interface with
weird controls. I had a tough time playing with it.
Used in course

Avatar for Mia Castellanos
13 years ago

Mia Castellanos (Student)

I viewed this website for almost 1 hour and a half. I have always been intrigued
by Native American artwork. I can relate alot of the art I viewed to my family
ancestry. I also enjoyed the virtual tour of how to complete a beadloom,
simshoban and cornrow hairstyles. This artwork may not be for everyone but it
does apply to many cultures out there that could take this website and teach it
to others.

Technical Remarks:

I began to do some beadloom, but got confused. I really need to dedicate a good
amount of time into something like this. It was easy to browse this site and
work with some of the numbers, but not all the angles were working for me, and
that was probably because I was doing it wrong...(smile)

Avatar for Monica Berger
14 years ago

Monica Berger (Student)

This site was very interesting and fun! It explains how math is in everyday
things. It focused mainly on African and Native American art and patterns
within their art. It has thousands of links and animated sites where you can go
and build/create patterns similar to previous ones that they have already
demonstrated. If you have trouble with any one thing, they have links to pages
that help you comprehend how to use the animated sites. They also have tons of
pictures and ideas. I found this site fascinating and you will too!

Technical Remarks:

I found this site to have a new approach on math. It was fun, exciting and
worth learning or teaching! It covers the geometry of repetition or patterns in
African and Native American art.