From Our Classrooms to Yours: The Joy of Tangrams

NCTA alum Karen Gaul will show how tangrams are much more than a simple Chinese puzzle. Participants will learn about the colorful history of tangrams including origin legends, their somewhat mysterious inception, and use of the puzzle by famous enthusiasts, all while deepening their understanding of Chinese history. Opportunities for hands-on exploration of puzzles from basic forms through seemingly unsolvable paradoxes promise to be both fun and challenging to participants. While the math classroom might be the obvious place for tangrams in school, we will also explore creative applications across the K-12 curriculum. Information on resources applicable to all grade levels will be shared.