OLogy: Thinking in Three Dimensions

Explore the third dimension by building an origami waterbomb!

We live in a world of three dimensions. We move through space , either left or right, forward or backward, up or down. Everything around us, from the houses we live in to the objects we use in everyday life, has three dimensions: height, length, and width. But our three-dimensional world is often represented in two dimensions (or flat planes) in the pages of books, on the posters in our bedrooms, on our television screens, even on our computer monitors.

Want to create your own three-dimensional shapes?

Try it by making some origami models of simple boxes and containers. Origami is a traditional Japanese art of paper-folding. Once you’ve made your three-dimensional models, you can explore how they can be represented in two dimensions and seen from different perspectives.

 


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