“Geometry is nothing at all, if not a branch of art!” This activity will demonstrate the fundamentals of fractals - how a pattern can repeat again and again at different scales and how a complex shape can be formed by simple repetition. Kids will draw their very own fractal triangle composed of smaller and smaller size triangles.
Making a Sierpinski triangle will teach precision. They will learn to analyze and compare shapes based on their properties. It will enable them to create a complex pattern by repeating a simple process over and over again. They will also gain experience to use the mathematical tools strategically along with enjoying it by making such a structure.
Draw a big triangle on the white paper using the edges of the paper. Triangle should point up
Mark the midpoints of the sides of the triangle and draw another triangle using those three midpoints and this triangle should point downwards
Color the triangle pointing downwards with your pleasing color
Now, you have three white triangles
Find the midpoints of each of these three white triangles, connect them, and color them with a different color in the resulting downward-pointing triangles
Now, you have nine small white triangles
Connect the midpoints of each of the nine white triangles to form 27 smaller downward-pointing triangles and color those with a different color
You can continue this process as long as you like
This process keeps creating triangles in a factor of 3: 81, 243, …
A Sierpinski triangle is a mathematically generated pattern in which self-similar shapes are repeated across different scales in a never-ending feedback loop
It is an infinite process and is not dependent upon the starting shape. YOu can use other shapes as well to understand fractals in a similar fashion