Math in the News
Mural Project Would Splash Pi on a Brooklyn Side Street
Artist Ellie Balk and students at the Green School in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn hope to raise $4,300 to fund creation of a mural depicting the relationship between the golden ratio and the irrational number pi.
Balk has worked with Green School mathematics teacher Nathan Affield for the last four years to involve high school students in data visualization projects.
The Kickstarter page for the pi project explains how the undertaking will square with the Common Core's emphasis on depth over breadth in the school math curriculum:
By focusing on the single, transcendental concept of pi across courses, the mathematics department plans to not only deepen student understanding of shape and irrational number, but more importantly, connect these concepts with ideas of neighborhood beautification which can in turn improve quality of life.
Read a full description of the project.