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Illuminated Mathematics

School: High Tech High

City/State: San Diego, CA

Grade(s): 12

Format(s): 3D & Media

Subject(s): English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Technology, Visual Arts

Project Overview

A curated multimedia exhibition entitled "Illuminated Mathematics" was produced by 12th-grade digital art and math classes at High Tech High in San Diego, California. Students were asked to find the beauty, humanity and intrigue behind math in history, philosophy and the applied arts. The goal was to promote math awareness through art, media and story. 

The event was hosted at the Sushi Performance and Visual Art Center. Projects developed into an array of math narratives, abstractions and celebrations in the mediums of sound, video, animation, photography and interactive installation. The exhibition received press from NBC Channel 7 news, City Beat Magazine and the Voice of San Diego. Photos of the exhibit and videos produced by the students can be viewed here.

How This Project Can Be Useful

  • Excellent example of a multimedia project that shows how math relates to art and other subjects
  • Highlights a high school-level math project
  • Demonstrates math in unexpected places in a way that intrigues the audience

Relevant Resources

Common Core State Standards

Standard Long Term Learning Target
  • I can integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information in a variety of formats and media to address a question or solve a problem.
  • I can corroborate or challenge conclusions with other sources of information.
  • I can resolve conflicting information when possible.
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