Erik Söderberg. Fractal Experience. Personal project 2011. Humans and nature seemingly differentiates in a fundamental way. Human beings appears to prefer strict geometric design while nature flow in a chaotic, organic way. When investigating further one realize that nature follows certain highly advanced patterns and that we humans from time to time prefer the organic flow - rather then the well defined, controlled and organized.
Fractal Geometry ~ A fractal is defined as a "rough or fragmented geometric shape that can be split into parts, each of which is (at least approximately) a reduced-size copy of the whole," according to their "discoverer" Benoit Mendelbrot (Nov. 20, 1924 – Oct. 14, 2010). In plain English this means that something is "self-similar," or at least generally like a zoomed in/out iteration of itself.
What is this? Can your students figure it out? Students use deductive reasoning to define fractals, learn about fractals in the world, and then create their own. Great for fun math and end of year activities.