[February 08, 2016]
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Fifth grade through eighth
grade students at Zion Lutheran School are learning about parabolic
curves and optical illusions in their art classes. Using parabolas,
students are drawing colorful, creative optical illusions.
For example, when you kick a soccer ball or shoot an arrow, fire a
missile or throw a stone, it arcs up into the air and comes down
following the path of a parabola. Parabolas are also found in nature
-- watch a fish jumping out of the water. And the St. Louis Gateway
Arch is a perfect example of parabolas use in architecture.
Using various parabolas, the students are making optical illusions,
images that trick our brains into seeing things that may not be
Pictures provided by Georgie Borchardt, Zion
Lutheran School, Lincoln