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Leslie Lewis

Mathematical Art, Web Design, Teaching Mathematics with Art

Building Polyhedra

Students are delighted with the opportunity to spend a math class learning the technique of accurate paper cutting and gluing to create these beautiful models. For a description of the background and implementation of this project, download the following document; polyhedra.doc.

truncated icosahedron

Frank truncated an icosahedron to create a soccer ball.

Two intersecting tetrahedron

Mayan made a stellated octahedron but he made it look like two intersecting tetrahedron by using only two colors.

5 intersecting tetrahedron

Sug created five intersecting tetrahedron.
Great dodecahedronAlex made a great dodecahedron. The five yellow triangular pieces form the pentagon that the 3-d pentagram rests on.

Stellated icosahedron

Emily made a stellated icosahedron using only blue card stock. She used 6 different shades of blue.

Great icosahedron

Gyu worked a long time to assemble this 120-faced great icosahedron.

Stellated icosahedron

Greg also made a stellated icosahedron. Notice that you can see the green pentagram that is made of isosceles triangles in the same plane.


Lara did an amazing job on this thirteenth stellation of an icosahedron.


Lily made an Icosidodecahedron.


Great dodecahedron

Sarah made a great dodecahedron.

Strange steallted icosahedron

Josh did his own thing. This is a stellated icosahedron but he didn't use golden triangles in his construction. So, his creation is very dramatic.


This is called a truncated great icosahedron. Hye-Jung did a marvelous job.

Marina's Mobile

Marina created a mobile out of intersecting tetrahedron.


Steven enjoyed himself and created the sixth stellation of the icosahedron (right) after he had made his great dodecahedron (left).
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