Guinness World Records has declared that the world’s largest origami butterfly is in residence at Webster Hill Elementary school in West Hartford, CT. The butterfly measures 1.36 by 3.29 meters.
Last March, the school set up the creation of the butterfly in the school gym. A 7.3 meter Kraft paper square was folded into the world’s largest Origami butterfly by students Fifth grade students Amy Ni and Annie Lopez-Lopez, under the supervision of physical education teacher Eileen Shahverdian and math tutor Madelyn Filomeno.
Setting a new world record is secondary to the real accomplishment of inspiring students to be creative with math. The idea originated several years ago at the school’s Family Math Night. There, the students were introduced to Math in Motion.
“We have seen such wonderful expressions of math in very non-conventional ways, including songs, puppets, posters, poems, games, and now origami,” said Filomeno. She is a founding member of Math in Motion.