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Tessellation

Formulate a rule that can be used to create tessellated patterns

The ‘Engineering Process’ scheme of work provides students with an in-depth understanding of some engineering materials and how they are being developed in industry. This scheme was inspired by the casting process used to make the D3O smart material into a ‘usable’ form. This links to industrial practices such as quality control, standardisation and casting manufacture. It is designed to challenge the students by requiring them to apply the knowledge and understanding of engineering materials through a ‘batch’ production experience.  

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An engaging activity where students will formulate a rule that can be used to create tessellated patterns. It will help students develop an understanding of the tessellation that will be required to design inter-locking units.

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