At a Glance
🥰 For all ages!
👩👧👦 10–15 participants
🍎 1–2 Facilitators
🕐 1–1.5 hours
*This activity uses craft and recycled materials!
Workshop Prompts for Facilitation
Here are a few Beautiful Symmetry workshop prompts that we love—and we encourage you to come up with your own!
Here are some materials we’ve enjoyed using for this activity. It’s not necessary to have them all. Your chosen prompt will guide your list.
Playtest and Plan
👉🏽 Our activity guides are for getting you started—feel free to change or create new design elements to suit your local community!
Thoughtfully incomplete, good examples feature a variety of approaches and starting points. Use them to inspire learners to make something uniquely their own.
👉🏾 Learn more about the art of the example in our PLIX Guide to Making Activity Examples
👉🏼 Easily promote the workshop with our ready-made graphics! <link>
Since there are many ways to explore symmetry, patrons may need some guidance in how or where to get started. We encourage you to support a tinkering mindset to foster a creative learning environment:
Facilitation Techniques to try with Beautiful Symmetry↓
Consider having examples on-hand that reflect the cultural diversity of your community. Symmetrical patterns appear in a wide range of textiles, ceramics, wall patterns, tapestries, and from every continent and islands around the world.
While the concept of symmetry and pattern is something learners often encounter in preschool, the domain has a very high ceiling in mathematics research. You won't want to dive into the technical jargon, but it may be helpful to point out to participants to areas where the field of symmetry is relevant: facial recognition, meshes, 3-D modeling, algorithmic art
👉🏿 Check out more PLIX Facilitation Techniques
About PLIX Beautiful Symmetry
This activity was developed in collaboration with Jean Slavkovsky (Malden Public Library, Massachusetts), Claudia Haines (Homer Public Library, Alaska), and Alex Berke (MIT Media Lab graduate student) as part of the PLIX Co-Design program, in which Media Lab researchers team up with public librarians to create new PLIX programming.
Other ways to engage with the PLIX Beautiful Symmetry activity:
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