Last Updated: 04/17/2012*

Creating paper sculptures through the art of origami not only takes keen eyes, but also takes mathematical formulae to properly fold each crease. For Daniela Flores-Rodriguez, her hobby of origami enables her to fold in her love of numbers with her passion for the Japanese art.

A MathMovesU® Middle School Scholarship winner, the Los Angeles native received a $1,000 college scholarship courtesy of Raytheon. Daniela wrote about her passion for origami for Raytheon’s MathMovesU Middle School Scholarship and Grant Program, which honors students and teachers who are passionate about science, technology, engineering and math.

The more than 200-year-old art of origami includes numerous mathematical challenges such as theorems of paper folding, designing subjects and creasing patterns.

“In origami, I need to know about symmetry,” she says in her presentation. “Most origami figures start out with a square sheet of paper, which has four lines of symmetry. That means there are four ways you can fold the paper so it looks symmetrical.”

Daniela Flores-Rodriguez

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