Amazing, Engaging Math Videos and More!

Reviewed by Diane Flynn Keith
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Resource:Amazing, Engaging Math Videos and More!
Provider:Vi Hart
Summary:Age Range: All (As always, parents should preview the site to determine suitability of content.)
Vi Hart calls herself a "recreational mathemusician." She writes and performs music and integrates it with her hobby which is "mathematics with special interests in symmetry, polyhedra, and surreal complexity." Her website offers engaging videos that illustrate fascinating ways to think about and use math.
Description:When you get to the site you'll see a selection of recent posts to her blog. At the time of this review, there is a terrific video that offers a new rendition of a classic Christmas carole called, The 12 Days of Christmath. Don't miss it! :)
Use the menu on the left side of the screen to explore Vi's work including:

*Math Doodling: Enjoy a series of delightful videos that emphasize the joy and benefit of doodling in math class.

*Mathematical Food: Slice apples into platonic solids or arrange candy corn into Sierpinski's Triangle.

*Balloons: Make a tetrahedron with balloons.

*Paper Instruments: Make working musical instruments out of paper including a recorder, didgeridoo, flute, xylophone, and more!

*Music Box: Make a music box with a mobius strips.

*Beadwork: Have fun making hyerbolic beadwork.

You can also listen to Vi's musical compositions, and read her papers that include:

*Symmetry and Transformations in the Musical Plane

*Computational Balloon Twisting: The Theory of Balloon Polyhedra

*Using Binary Numbers in Music

Vi also offers a weekly podcast called, Storia:

Fantastic Fiction and Magical Music. As explained at the website, "Each episode is written, composed, and performed by Vi Hart. Most stories are kid friendly (but check the description)."

And for Harry Potter fans, there are excerpts from Vi's original classical composition, Harry Potter Septet, that includes seven movements, seven voices, inspired by the seven-book Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling.


There is a lot of content on the site, and I was not able to review it all. Because it is not specifically designed for children, AS ALWAYS, parents should preview the site to determine suitability of content for their own kids.

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