# Fun Math Projects

## Tessellations

**What is a tessellation?**

Also called 'tiling', a tessellation is made by repeating regular shapes across a flat surface without any gaps or overlapping.**How to make a tessellation using the tracing paper method.**

Ever wanted to create a beautiful tessellation pattern that's not just repeating a simpe regular shape? Well here's one fullproof way to do that.**How to make a tessellation using the paper cut method.**

Another easy way to make a demi-regular or polymorph tessellation.

## Valentine's Math

For that romantic time of year! Here are some great resources for high school Valentine themed math lessons...**Valentine's Tessellations**

A project to design a Valentine-themed tessellation with instructions on how to use the tracing method to create a tessellation.

Suitable for students at all levels**Mystery Graph**(PDF)

Plotting a set of co-ordinates to reveal a heart-shaped graph.

Suitable for students in Year 9 or 10

Need graph paper? Here are 2 types for you print - Printable Graph Paper 1 and Printable Graph Paper 2 (PDFs)**Valentine's Math Puzzles**(PDF)

Two word problems with multiple ways of obtaining the solutions. Ideally these should be solved algebriacally, but you can let your students work out their own way.

Suitable for students in Years 9 to 11**Other Ideas**These are links to external websites.

**Valentine's Origami**

There are a number of great ways to fold a heart. We like these origami hearts.**Heart Graphs**

If your students have a graphic's calculator you can get them to plot the following ...

(x2 + y2 - 1)3 - x2y3 = 0 - the algebriac expression for a heart-shaped graph.

This useful page has a number of other options for heart-shaped graphs.**Fibonacci Flowers**

Not interested in hearts? Why not investigate the Fibonacci sequence in flowers - lilies, roses and sunflowers are wonderful places to start.

## Circle Fun and Facts

- The number Pi - some interesting facts and figures about Pi and the circumference of a circle.
**Circle Art -**- Make some pretty 6 pointed star mandalas using a compass and a ruler.
- Take your 6 pointed star mandala and make mandala with interlocking triangles.