Starting from a golden rhombus, we can build a 30-faced rhombic triacontahedron, which can be further used to build a golden icosahedron, a golden (Bilinski) dodecahedron. Then, from a golden dodecahedron, we can obtain two types of golden rhombohedra (six-faced polyhedra)—the acute form the obtuse form. They are strange on the screen but look and fit together beautifully once you have them in your hands.
There are certainly other ways to make these. But that is what I went through. Simple and complex as they are, all children should have a chance to play with them, to get a feel for mathematics! The rich connections are everywhere in these wonderful mathematical gems! Two sizes (short diagonal of a rhombus) are included: 25mm and 50mm.
How to Play
2 acute ones + 2 obtuse ones => 1 golden dodecahedron;
10 acute ones + 10 obtuse ones => 1 golden rhombic triacontahedron.
.1 to .2mm
Support does not seem to necessary for the obtuse one; but do consider it if your printer needs it.
STEAM educator, learning from and working with K-12 STEAM teachers to explore new ideas of teaching and engagement. I firmly believe ART is at the core of STEM learning or all human learning! I owe my ideas and designs to the hundreds of K-12 children and teachers and university professors I have had the pleasure of working with, in multiple disciplines-- math, science,engineering language arts, social studies, early childhood education and more! All mistakes, of course, are mine! There is no warranty or liability whatsoever implied or explicit behind the designs or ideas. They are all posted for their potential educational values.
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