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This entry for the Academy Math Manipulative Challenge is a set of eight hinged polyhedral nets and five types of modular snap tiles for assembling various types of polyhedra.
Paper models of polyhedra and polyhedral nets are a standard part of the K-12 curriculum and college level teacher-prep courses. The hinged nets included here are sturdy and easy for students to assemble and collapse over and over without the need for tape or other connectors. The individual snap tiles allow students to explore more exotic polyhedra and make it possible for teachers to construct more complicated models for the classroom.
This set of models includes hinged nets for all five Platonic solids:
As well as hinged nets for these other polyhedra:
The downloadable files also include models of individual snap tiles for semi-regular and other combination polyhedra:
Triangle tiles with snaps in 223, 332, 222, and 333 configurations
Square tiles with snaps in 2323 and 2233 configurations
Pentagon tiles with snaps in 23233 and 32322 configurations
Hexagon tiles with snaps in 232323, 233233, and 322322 configurations
Mix and match snap tiles as you like or follow these suggestions for the pictured modular polyhedra:
Cuboctahedron - 6 of the 2323 squares, 2 of the 222 triangles, and 6 of the 332 triangles
Truncated Octahedron - 6 of the 2323 squares and 8 of the 232323 hexagons
Stellated Octahedraon - 12 of the 223 triangles and 12 of the 332 triangles
Icosidodecaheron - 20 of the 332 triangles and 12 of the 32322 pentagons
Or, make a 3D-printed soccer ball or even larger Buckyballs using the pentagon and hexagon snap tiles! For a standard soccer ball we suggest this print job:
Truncated icosahedron - 6 of the 23233 pentagons and 6 of the 32322 pentagons, plus 12 of the 232323 hexagons, 4 of the 233233 hexagons, and 4 of the 322322 hexagons
Good print and enjoy!
Polyhedra by mathgrrl is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.