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Luke Hamilton's Grade 10 Personal Project at Bali International School - Fibonacci Blocks

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Luke Hamilton Personal Project - Fibonacci Blocks

1. 1. Fibonacci Blocks Candidate Name: Luke Thomas Hamilton Candidate Code: 001529-463 School Name: Bali International School Date: 2nd February 2015 Supervisor: Matt McCormick Luke Hamilton, Personal Project 2015
2. 2. Project Summary Assistance Needed I have created a set of wooden building blocks which are in the measurements of the Fibonacci Sequence doubled (2,2,4,6,10,16,26). These blocks come with a guide which helps to educate and inform about the Golden Ratio and the blocks. These blocks help people of all ages appreciate complex concepts and better identify connections and relationships between nature and technology/our society as we know it. Project Summary The goal of my personal project is to create a simple and fun educational tool to give people an appreciation of the Golden Ratio and the beauty they can create with it. To achieve this, I have created a set of wooden building blocks I’ve called: Fibonacci Blocks. Fibonacci Blocks are the first set of building blocks based on the Fibonacci Sequence, Phi and the Golden Ratio. When you play with the blocks, you are following in the footsteps of Leonardo Da Vinci by creating using nature’s golden proportions in your creations. Luke Hamilton, Personal Project 2015
3. 3. Project Summary Assistance Needed I have created a set of wooden building blocks which are in the measurements of the Fibonacci Sequence doubled (2,2,4,6,10,16,26). These blocks come with a guide which helps to educate and inform about the Golden Ratio and the blocks. These blocks help people of all ages appreciate complex concepts and better identify connections and relationships between nature and technology/our society as we know it. My Topic The topic of my personal project originated from my passion for Maths and Sciences. My Global Context is Scientific and Technical Innovation My project is an inquiry into how artists and scientists have used the Golden Ratio to connect the natural world with our human world and sense of beauty. My product, the Fibonacci Blocks, allows you to experience and appreciate this connection for yourself. Luke Hamilton, Personal Project 2015
4. 4. Project Summary Assistance Needed I have created a set of wooden building blocks which are in the measurements of the Fibonacci Sequence doubled (2,2,4,6,10,16,26). These blocks come with a guide which helps to educate and inform about the Golden Ratio and the blocks. These blocks help people of all ages appreciate complex concepts and better identify connections and relationships between nature and technology/our society as we know it. Investigating I focused my research on five main areas: 1. Golden Ratio in Nature 2. Golden Ratio in Architecture 3. Golden Ratio in Art 4. The Fibonacci Series 5. The Froebel Blocks My research in the first three areas allowed me to improve from an outside interest in the Golden Ratio to a in-depth understanding of it. The last two became areas of inquiry that led me to my product, the Fibonacci Blocks. Luke Hamilton, Personal Project 2015
5. 5. Project Summary Assistance Needed I have created a set of wooden building blocks which are in the measurements of the Fibonacci Sequence doubled (2,2,4,6,10,16,26). These blocks come with a guide which helps to educate and inform about the Golden Ratio and the blocks. These blocks help people of all ages appreciate complex concepts and better identify connections and relationships between nature and technology/our society as we know it. Golden Ratio in Nature Fibonacci numbers and the golden ratio are found throughout nature. This includes in the spiral of sunflowers, pineapples, shells and pinecones. The more you are conscious of your surroundings the more examples of the Golden Spiral you will begin to notice. It is also found in the human body, with the proportion of the face, and the proportion of our arms to our hands to our fingers, all following the golden ratio. Luke Hamilton, Personal Project 2015
6. 6. Project Summary Assistance Needed I have created a set of wooden building blocks which are in the measurements of the Fibonacci Sequence doubled (2,2,4,6,10,16,26). These blocks come with a guide which helps to educate and inform about the Golden Ratio and the blocks. These blocks help people of all ages appreciate complex concepts and better identify connections and relationships between nature and technology/our society as we know it. Golden Ratio in Architecture The Golden Proportion (also known as the Divine Proportion) is the proportion used in the design of famous buildings, from the Great Pyramid in Egypt to the Taj Mahal in India to the Parthenon in Greece to the Notre Dame Cathedral in France. Leonardo Da Vinci illustrated a Renaissance Book written by Luca Pacioli called "De Divina Proportione" (the Divine Proportion). The book explained how, by using the Golden Proportion, we could follow the proportions of nature. It became an important book in the design of art and architecture in the Renaissance. Luke Hamilton, Personal Project 2015
7. 7. Project Summary Assistance Needed I have created a set of wooden building blocks which are in the measurements of the Fibonacci Sequence doubled (2,2,4,6,10,16,26). These blocks come with a guide which helps to educate and inform about the Golden Ratio and the blocks. These blocks help people of all ages appreciate complex concepts and better identify connections and relationships between nature and technology/our society as we know it. Golden Ratio in Art Many Renaissance Artists used the Golden Ratio in their art. Leonardo Da Vinci used it in the proportions of “The Mona Lisa” and “The Last Supper”. Michelangelo used it when painting “The Creation of Adam” on the Sistine Chapel Ceiling. Bottocelli used it in “The Birth of Venus.” The Golden Ratio is used today in many different modern designs. Here is an example of this: The Apple logo, using circles with the fibonacci numbers 1,2,3,5,8,13. Luke Hamilton, Personal Project 2015
8. 8. Project Summary Assistance Needed I have created a set of wooden building blocks which are in the measurements of the Fibonacci Sequence doubled (2,2,4,6,10,16,26). These blocks come with a guide which helps to educate and inform about the Golden Ratio and the blocks. These blocks help people of all ages appreciate complex concepts and better identify connections and relationships between nature and technology/our society as we know it. Fibonacci Fibonacci, also known as Leonardo of Pisa, was an Italian mathematician who introduced the Hindu-Arabic numeral system to the West. He also introduced the sequence called the Fibonacci Series, where each number is the sum of the two numbers before it, creating: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13 ,21, 34, 55, 89, 144 etc He showed that when you divided each number with the one before it in the sequence, each number got closer and closer to the number PHI, which has been known through history as the “Golden Ratio”. Luke Hamilton, Personal Project 2015
9. 9. Project Summary Assistance Needed I have created a set of wooden building blocks which are in the measurements of the Fibonacci Sequence doubled (2,2,4,6,10,16,26). These blocks come with a guide which helps to educate and inform about the Golden Ratio and the blocks. These blocks help people of all ages appreciate complex concepts and better identify connections and relationships between nature and technology/our society as we know it. Froebel Blocks Friedrich Froebel was the creator of the Kindergarten. He was the teacher to preschool pioneers Rudolph Steiner and Maria Montessori. To help teach young children, he created "Froebel Blocks". These were wooden blocks which allowed children to learn to think in three dimensions. Famous people who learned with Froebel Blocks include Albert Einstein, Buckminster Fuller, Frank Lloyd Wright & Charles Eames, and famous cubist artists Paul Klee & Josef Albers. It is the idea of the Froebel Blocks that inspired me to create the Fibonacci Blocks - the first blocks to be created using the Fibonacci Series and Golden Ratio. Luke Hamilton, Personal Project 2015
10. 10. Project Summary Assistance Needed I have created a set of wooden building blocks which are in the measurements of the Fibonacci Sequence doubled (2,2,4,6,10,16,26). These blocks come with a guide which helps to educate and inform about the Golden Ratio and the blocks. These blocks help people of all ages appreciate complex concepts and better identify connections and relationships between nature and technology/our society as we know it. My Criteria Inspired by the Froebel blocks, I set the criteria for my Fibonacci Blocks. The final criteria I set for my product were: 1. Be as easy and fun to use for students and adults 2. Capture the imagination of people who used them 3. Allow people to understand the Golden Ratio 4. Result in people using the blocks naturally 5. Be in exact measurements of the Fibonacci Series 6. Be good quality and long lasting materials 7. Be practical to carry and easy to pack and unpack 8. Be accompanied by an easy to understand, educational and fun to read guide of good quality Luke Hamilton, Personal Project 2015
11. 11. Project Summary Assistance Needed I have created a set of wooden building blocks which are in the measurements of the Fibonacci Sequence doubled (2,2,4,6,10,16,26). These blocks come with a guide which helps to educate and inform about the Golden Ratio and the blocks. These blocks help people of all ages appreciate complex concepts and better identify connections and relationships between nature and technology/our society as we know it. Creating the Plan To meet my criteria, I planned to create the following with the support of local craftsmen and my own efforts: 1. The design and layout of the blocks themselves. 1. The packaging of the blocks. 1. The booklet that will come with the blocks. 1. A website for the blocks 1. My presentation script and slide show I met many challenges along the way. How I reacted to these challenges and what I learned from them has developed me a lot as an IB learner Luke Hamilton, Personal Project 2015
12. 12. Project Summary Assistance Needed I have created a set of wooden building blocks which are in the measurements of the Fibonacci Sequence doubled (2,2,4,6,10,16,26). These blocks come with a guide which helps to educate and inform about the Golden Ratio and the blocks. These blocks help people of all ages appreciate complex concepts and better identify connections and relationships between nature and technology/our society as we know it. Creating the Blocks I designed the blocks as 130 pieces to fit over 8 levels into a 26cm x 26cm box, and I made a sample myself with styrofoam. But getting the blocks made was a challenge! I had to talk to five different craftsmen to finally get to the two that could help me. Of those two, I was able to get one at the quality that I wanted. I tried different size and box types and in the process settled on the best ones. The process took longer than expected, but once I had a chance to play with the final product, the experience of creating with the blocks was also beyond my expectation. Luke Hamilton, Personal Project 2015
13. 13. Project Summary Assistance Needed I have created a set of wooden building blocks which are in the measurements of the Fibonacci Sequence doubled (2,2,4,6,10,16,26). These blocks come with a guide which helps to educate and inform about the Golden Ratio and the blocks. These blocks help people of all ages appreciate complex concepts and better identify connections and relationships between nature and technology/our society as we know it. Creating the Guide Planning and creating the 16 page guide and website allowed me to summarize my research and think about how to explain the concept of the Golden Ratio in the simplest and most interesting way I could. I used a printing company in Sanur to print the guide, and I learned how to organize and brief the printer on page numbers, paper size and paper quality to ensure it looked professional. Putting up a website also allowed me to see that no one else had created a similar products. You can visit it as www.fibonacciblocks.com and I was very excited to see enquiries for the blocks come through from the website (one for 5,000 sets!) Luke Hamilton, Personal Project 2015
14. 14. Project Summary Assistance Needed I have created a set of wooden building blocks which are in the measurements of the Fibonacci Sequence doubled (2,2,4,6,10,16,26). These blocks come with a guide which helps to educate and inform about the Golden Ratio and the blocks. These blocks help people of all ages appreciate complex concepts and better identify connections and relationships between nature and technology/our society as we know it. Reflecting on my learning How I have developed my planning, organising and thinking skills I have learned so much about myself from this project. I decided early what my global context and subject was going to be, but I still struggled as I had not made a final decision on my product. When I did, I found it a challenge to balance my actions with my reporting, which led to difficulties. These challenges grew as I began working with the craftsmen and time frames changed. From these, I learned to improve my balance, to prioritise and plan better, to be flexible with changes and to be constantly self-evaluating. Luke Hamilton, Personal Project 2015
15. 15. Project Summary Assistance Needed I have created a set of wooden building blocks which are in the measurements of the Fibonacci Sequence doubled (2,2,4,6,10,16,26). These blocks come with a guide which helps to educate and inform about the Golden Ratio and the blocks. These blocks help people of all ages appreciate complex concepts and better identify connections and relationships between nature and technology/our society as we know it. Reflecting on my learning How I have developed my information literacy and research skills I have also learned how much easier I learn when I have picked a subject that I am very interested in. By organising what I am learning and being clear why I am learning it, I have become much better at focusing my research skills. I have also learned that I can get focused much faster when I have examples to look at. For example, having the Froebel Blocks as inspiration and researching other IB oral presentations has made it easier for me to grow my own confidence in collecting the right information and knowledge to support my own products and presentations. Luke Hamilton, Personal Project 2015
16. 16. Project Summary Assistance Needed I have created a set of wooden building blocks which are in the measurements of the Fibonacci Sequence doubled (2,2,4,6,10,16,26). These blocks come with a guide which helps to educate and inform about the Golden Ratio and the blocks. These blocks help people of all ages appreciate complex concepts and better identify connections and relationships between nature and technology/our society as we know it. Reflecting on my learning How I have developed my communication and collaboration skills Throughout the project I was concerned whether I would be able to produce the finished product as I knew it would require me working with craftsmen and printers, giving them briefs and overseeing their work. To achieve this I have had to learn to improve my communication and collaboration skills - especially when it was not working. I have also learned how much the success of this project has been the result of me improving my collaboration skills with my supervisor and the many people who have helped me with this project. Luke Hamilton, Personal Project 2015
17. 17. Project Summary Assistance Needed I have created a set of wooden building blocks which are in the measurements of the Fibonacci Sequence doubled (2,2,4,6,10,16,26). These blocks come with a guide which helps to educate and inform about the Golden Ratio and the blocks. These blocks help people of all ages appreciate complex concepts and better identify connections and relationships between nature and technology/our society as we know it. Reflecting on the product Comparing the product to the criteria that I set I am very pleased that the final product has met the criteria that I set. The experience of the playing with the blocks has been beyond my expectation. This project has become my passion and I think I could now branch out to different types of blocks. They could have double sized and plush toys for kids so that even when they’re young they can be playing in golden proportions. This personal project has really opened my eyes as to what is possible when you take an idea and turn it into a successful product. Luke Hamilton, Personal Project 2015
18. 18. Project Summary Assistance Needed I have created a set of wooden building blocks which are in the measurements of the Fibonacci Sequence doubled (2,2,4,6,10,16,26). These blocks come with a guide which helps to educate and inform about the Golden Ratio and the blocks. These blocks help people of all ages appreciate complex concepts and better identify connections and relationships between nature and technology/our society as we know it. A Final Word I hope you enjoyed my presentation and my product. If you haven’t already played with the blocks then I will have a stand open at the exhibition where you can come and play with the blocks. I will be selling these blocks as a product with enough support in the near future so visit my site: www.fibonacciblocks.com to keep updated. Luke Hamilton, Personal Project 2015
19. 19. Thank you! Luke Hamilton, Personal Project 2015