Ann Eisenberg

mathcraft at comcast dot net

 

Research

Adjunct Professor

Co-Director, Craft Technology Group

Department of Computer Science

University of Colorado, Boulder

Campus Box 430

Boulder, CO 80309-0430

HyperGami and JavaGami

are software environments built in collaboration with my husband, Mike Eisenberg, for the design of three-dimensional paper sculpture.
















The Integration of Computers and Crafts

The development of HyperGami and JavaGami has grown into a more general interest in exploring the way that computers can enhance the design of real-world handicrafts.  My work in this area involves the integration of computation with many forms of media -- including wood, plaster, acrylic, and fabric.  Visit the Craft Technology Group’s website for more information about many different projects in these areas.  Thingiverse, Instructables, and the Make website are great resources and provide an introduction to the world of Makers.



Spatial Cognition

Creating HyperGami and JavaGami led us to investigate children’s spatial learning -- especially their conceptions about three-dimensional shapes, the way that they visualize the result of operations performed on shapes, and their hypotheses about the two-dimensional folding net counterparts of these shapes.  My particular research focus is in the design of software environments to help children become more effective spatial thinkers.  This was one of the chief motivations behind the design of JavaGami and is the topic of my dissertation research and other publications.



Collaborations

We have had the honor of collaborating with wonderfully creative folks from the PIE (Playfully Inventing and Exploring with Digital and Other Stuff) Network.  We’ve thoroughly enjoyed playing with other Makers at Bay Area Maker Faire 2007, and World Maker Faire 2010 at the New York Hall of Science.  We also love working with our colleagues at the San Francisco Exploratorium and The Lawrence Hall of Science.

paper sushi, generated in JavaGami

paper penguins, generated in HyperGami

Community Outreach

Summer 2012:  Untitled #49 at the Denver Art Museum

Summer 2012:  Camp in polyhedra and paper sculpture through the CU Science Discovery program.

Oct 2011:  CU on the Weekends workshop

2010-present:  Work with WOW Children’s Museum on museum exhibit design and fabrication.

Summer 2009:  Teen workshop in JavaGami at the Westminster Public Library.

Other Interests

Democratic/Progressive Education:  I am passionate about progressive education, especially the work of Alfie Kohn.  I have served on the boards of two local Democratic schools.  AERO is an informative resource for learning about different kinds of learning communities.

Red Bird generated in JavaGami and printed on a 3D printer with laser-cut embellishments.