Story Telling using Möbius Strip

Puppets and toys are often used in storytelling to make the characters come alive. But objects such as a plastic strip can also be used to tell a story.

Vi Hart has made two videos using  Möbius strip.  The first 7+minute video took two months to make and watching it is visual joy. And a very direct experience – it feels like you are telling the story.

The satirical novella Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions was written in 1884 by Edward Abbott and he used a fictional two-dimensional world to explore the social hierarchy of Victorian society. Vi Hart uses hand-drawn illusions that constantly changes as the story is told on the Möbius strip, which is a closed curve. If you walk along a the length on this strip, you would return to the starting point, and you would have gone on both sides of the paper without ever having crossed an edge.

You can read here about how to make a Möbius strip. I am going to test this idea using plastic writing sheets and erase markers. Maybe a story about a lost elf. . . or polar bear. . .

Scientists are also fascinated by Möbius strip and I found this video and the site The Kid should See This. The video combines two great ideas,  Möbius strip and superconductivity, and  turns it into something spectacular and beautiful to watch.  A great way to inspire children to love science.


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