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walkSTEM, a talkSTEM initiative, produces customized experiences in any setting that promote the development of a STEAM lens on the lived world. Designed to stimulate inquiry and spark curiosity, walkSTEM reveals the wonders of mathematics embedded in our everyday environments. NorthPark Center is honored to work with walkSTEM on special curriculum as a part of our ArtROCKS! initiative, and today they are sharing with us an interactive quiz and art activity ideas to keep children learning and growing at home.

Color Equations


Question: Is a simple color wheel an example of a mathematical model?
Find the answer at the bottom of the blog!

Art Challenge: Mixing Paint
Gather two colors of paint, paper, and a paintbrush. How many colors can you mix with only two colors? Paint a swatch of each shade on paper to record your findings.

Art Challenge: Monochrome Artwork
Gather colored pencils, crayons, paints, or pastels, and paper. Can you create a drawing or painting using only one color? Can you recreate the same artwork but in black and white? What about in full color? What were some challenges you faced trying this, and which approach do you think was easiest for you?




Question: What is the most symmetrical 3D object? What is the second most symmetrical 3D object?
A. buckyball, followed by triangular pyramid
B. buckyball, followed by sphere
C. sphere, followed by buckyball
D. sphere, followed by triangular pyramid
Find the answer at the bottom of the blog!

Art Challenge: Symmetrical Nature Painting
Gather paint, paper, and paintbrushes. Fold a sheet of paper in half and reopen. On one half of the sheet, paint one half of your insect, flower, butterfly, etc. Next, fold the paper in half and press down to transfer the paint to the other half. When you slowly reopen the paper, you should see a symmetrical painting!

Art Challenge: Make Your Own Buckyball
Make a model of the buckyball artwork using materials you have at home, such as toothpicks and marshmallows. Get creative!


Five Hammering Men


Question: What type of bar linkage allows the sculpture to move?
A. 4 bar linkage
B. 2 bar linkage
C. 1 bar linkage
D. 3 bar linkage
Find the answer at the bottom of the blog!

Art Challenge: Art That Moves!
Gather paper, cardboard, paper towel rolls, 3D sculpture materials, split pins/brads/paper fasteners, and a hole puncher. Using the brads, connect one piece of material with another. For example, use a hole puncher to punch holes in two pieces of paper or other 3D material. Next, fasten a split pin through the two pieces. Now, you can rotate and move the pieces of material with the split pin as a fixed point. Can you make artwork that moves back and forth like the Hammering Men? What about art that moves in a circle?


Measuring the Map


Question: What do you need to find the scale on a map? Find all that apply.
A. Measurement on the map
B. Measurement of your arm
C. Measurement of the whole place
D. Measurement of a real object on the map
Find the answers at the bottom of the blog!

Art Challenge: Make Your Own Map
Gather a ruler or measuring tape, paper, and a drawing utensil. Using a ruler, can you draw a map of your bedroom to scale? First, measure a real object in your bedroom (pick something large to make sure everything fits). Next, decide how large the object can be on your paper. Draw it and measure its size. Divide the two measurements to determine your scale factor. Now, you can go around your room and measure objects to scale down on your map.


Turtle Pond 


Question: Is the turtle's shell symmetrical?
Find the answer at the bottom of the blog!

Art Challenge: Creating Symmetry
Gather drawing utensils or painting supplies and paper. Fold a sheet of paper in half. Reopen it and draw something on one side of the paper. It can be anything you like - half a flower, half a face, half a house, etc. Next, swap your drawing with a friend's, now you both try to draw the mirrored image of what the other person drew. Can you finish their drawing? This is a great project with any number of people.


Answer Key: Color Equations - Yes. Buckyball - C. Five Hammering Men - A. Measuring the Nap - A, D. Turtle Pond - Yes.