Every year, for three weeks between semesters, Harpeth Hall offers an alternative curriculum for its freshmen and sophomores (Juniors and Seniors do off-campus internships and travel). I have taught a course on designing and making stained-glass windows that incorporates mathematical topics. My students always rise to the challenge, and this year was no exception.
The girls’ projects included a series of small windows representing the Platonic Solids, the Four-Color Theorem, Ptolemy’s Theorem, the Butterfly Theorem, Napoleon’s Theorem, Morley’s Trisector Theorem, and an Ulam Spiral, among many others.
I’d also like to recommend to my readers an excellent publication and blog devoted to fostering girls’ interest in mathematics: Girls’ Angle. Their latest blog post and print issue feature some pictures of previous Math, Light, & Color students’ work. If you are looking for an engaging and beautifully laid out resource for your math students, I highly recommend Girls Angle!
Without further ado, here are this year’s projects. Enjoy!
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THESE ARE STUNNING. I am so impressed by you and your kids! I would love to have these hanging all over my house!
Is there any chance you have something that explains how to make one, so us hoi polloi can do this ourselves?
Thanks, Sam! Every year my students exceed expectations. I really appreciate your kind words.
We use the copper-foil technique to put these windows together. Here’s a pretty good video that explains the process: http://youtu.be/rO9ppNYIBZA.
It’s a nice hobby, because it doesn’t require too many tools, and I’ve made some extra money in the summer making commissioned projects for people.