Image Tiling


  • Image Tiling
  • Tessellations
  • Geometry

MEA Description: The Soccer Ball MEA requires teams of students develop a generalizable procedure to cut out as many of a single shape as possible from an 8 ½ by 11 sheet of paper. The motivation for the problem is established through a news article relating child labor in India and Pakistan to the manufacture of professional soccer balls. One sport equipment manufacture wishes to automate more of the manufacturing process. Here students are asked by the company to use the idea of “nesting” shapes to reduce waste when cutting out pieces. The students start with hexagons and move on to pentagons. Other sports related shapes are used to extend the problem.

Author Information:

  • Original Author(s):
    • Carla Liguore
    • Ben Eick