Yesterday in my classroom we did some work with this website. My own kids had found this site and had been fooling around with it at home. It lets you make things like this:
When I saw my own kids at home working on these kinds of creations, it made me wonder about the code that it is at work behind a site like this. It made me think about fractals and advanced kinds of algebraic graphing. Since we are currently finishing up some work on algebraic graphing in our math class, I made the decision to use this in a lesson.
A totally silent classroom as my students worked on this.
But beyond that, this activity became even more interesting when students started taking about other similar patterns that they has seen in the past.
We talked about fractals:
and even about massive clouds of gas in space
It was interesting to see the connections that they drew behind the tiny diatoms and the massive clouds of gas in space. It was a fairly fascinating crossing subject area boundaries moment and well worth the investment of some time in a math class.