Math is full of patterns – sequences of numbers. One cool pattern in math is known as the Fibonacci sequence. This pattern shows up everywhere in nature from flowers to galaxies. It’s sometimes called the golden spiral or golden ratio. To make the Fibonacci sequence you have to take the sum of the proceeding numbers starting with 0 and 1.
It looks something like this:
0 + 1 = 1
1 + 1 = 2
1 + 2 = 3
2 + 3 = 5
This pattern goes on forever as long as you continue to add the sum of the two proceeding numbers.
How does this pattern make the spiral we associate with the Fibonacci sequence? We can figure it out now with the project below!
Want to duplicate this experiment at home or in your classroom? Watch the video for an overview, gather the materials listed to the right, and follow the instructions below.