Virtual Polyhedra and the Real World
Here's a recommended pathway to follow as you complete your Web lesson:
Use the programs Virtus VR , Virtus WalkThrough, or Virtus
WalkThrough Pro (all by the Virtus Corporation) to create geometric solids
that can be manipulated in a walk-through virtual environment. You may
record animations of scenes created interactively by navigating through their
Read the book: PRINCIPLES OF THREE-DIMENSIONAL DESIGN by Wucious
Wong, Van Nostrand Reinhold, N.Y., 1977. The book describes the layout of the
five Platonic solids and some of the Archimedean solids. It provides excellent
examples of the sculptural possibilities of polyhedra models.
Create large-scale polyhedra models out of tires, PVC tubing,
electrical conduit, stained glass, and/or Plexiglas. Involve parents and
community to tap into expertise, materials and donations that can support your
Create Web pages with illustrations of your polyhedra models.
Using a scanner, digital camera or graphic design software, you can create
digital images that can be included on your class site.