# Math Fan Content

##### STAR WARS MATH

Light Saber Duel with Desmos - Graphing

Here is a sample file you can use to create a lightsaber dual on Desmos. I have added PNG images of lightsabers and connected them to the trigonometric functions. You may ask students to write the functions they like to create a fight scene.  You may also remind them that it is better to increase the number of intersection points between the graphs for a better duel. Then, you may discuss the properties of the graphs they choose.

Star Wars Battleship Game with Polypad - Ordered Pairs

The rules are almost the same as the original Battleship game. Group students in pairs. One side chooses to be the dark side, where as the other is the light side.

The Dark Side player needs to set the dark mode ON from the personal settings on the upper right corner.

Instructions

1. Arrange your ships on the Grid.  (Ships cannot overlap, cannot be re-sized)

Light Side has 4 ships;

• 4x4 Millenium Falcon (Your opponent has to guess all 16 points correctly to destroy the ship)

• 3x3 X-Wing (Your opponent has to guess all 9 points correctly to destroy the ship)

• 3x3 Starfighter (Your opponent has to guess all 9 points correctly to destroy the ship)

• 3x4 Ghost (Your opponent has to guess all 12 points correctly to destroy the ship)

Dark Side has 4 ships as well;

• 4x4 Death Star (Your opponent has to guess all 16 points correctly to destroy the ship)

• 3x3 Emperor's Shuttle (Your opponent has to guess all 9 points correctly to destroy the ship)

• 3x4 Star Destroyer(Your opponent has to guess all 12 points correctly to destroy the ship)

• 3x3 Tie Fighter (Your opponent has to guess all 9 points correctly to destroy the ship)

1. Take turns calling "shots" at the other player's ships to destroy your opponent’s fleet. Each shot will be announced with an ordered pair. For example (3,5)

2. The opponent announces whether it is a hit or miss. If it is a "hit," the player who got hit colors that point red on the ship.

3. Do not forget to record your shots on the tracking grid.

4. When all the points of a ship have been hit (turned red), the ship's owner announces the name of the lost ship. For example, here, the Tie Fighter of the Dark Side has fallen.

5. Destroy the entire fleet of your opponent to win the game.

May the FORCE be with you!

Paper Circuits Activity by Makerspace

This fun STEAM activity has many different options like creating Christmas tree lights and etc.

In the Lightsaber version, you need to download the 2-page paper circuit template and print both-sided.

The extra materials are

• Conductive copper tape

• Transparent tape

• Coin cell battery -3v

• LED

• Straw

• Scissors

You may also purchase the paper circuit kit from the Makerspace website and follow the instructions.

Darth Vader vs Yoda - Symmetry

I recently found this little symmetry magic box on Amazon, which can easily be turned into a STEAM activity/project.

The materials are;

• a cardboard box,

• green and black playdough, and

• a small double-sided mirror which has the sidelengths ;

• one side has the same as the box

• the other has a sidelength equal to the face diagonal of the box.

You may discuss the plane symmetries of a cube and the properties of reflection using this activity. Using double-sided mirrors is a great part of many illusions.  You may also ask students to create their own magic tricks using double-sided mirrors.​

Check out these great resources abot Star Wars themed STEAM activities

Parallax Angle and Parsecs

You may also use Star Wars to talk about the concept like indirect measurement using Trigonometry, 'Parallax angle'.  And units used in astronomy like astronomical unit (AU) light-years, parsecs.

Here is a mini- activity about the parsecs and the parallax angle usage in Astronomy.

Congruency and Similarity with Stormtroopers

The army of Stormtroopers can also be used to explore the concepts of Congruency and Similarity. Here is an iBook you can download free and open in your iOS or MAC devices.

What about  free Star Wars Stickers to print?