A Journey of Unplanned Interest
Summer preparation for fall classes sometimes takes us on a journey of unplanned interest. The art and patterns of science are both aesthetically pleasing and a reminder of connectedness of everything living and non-living on our fragile planet. Hence, a segment of the Middle School Enrichment program and the science education methods class will venture out, not only to connect the natural world with themselves but in what and how they teach.
The diatom’s pattern of ‘holes’ are so precise, that surgeons use the diameter measurements of the diatom to measure for accuracy in laser surgery and nanotube technologies. Diatoms are fabulous for making very precise shapes, and making the same shape over and over again by a reproduction process that, under the proper growth conditions, yields micro-shells at a geometrically-increasing rate (3-D). There is nothing human-made that can compete with their exactness, yet.
Ammonite fossil patterns can fascinate the viewer and delight the mind.
The neighbor’s sunflower patch: Food for the hungry during the drought of summer.
Usually screaming (and you would never think a peacock could scream so loudly!) the farm peacock tail-feather patterns appear to have eyes watching you everywhere you go.
The Dasht-e Kevir Great Salt Desert Iran is awash with patterns and color not noticeable without the painted brush of computer programming.
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