Breaking a Record: Sierpinski Triangle
Ravenscroft Middle School Math Club, coached by Melissa Spainhour, will be trying for a world record for the Largest Tetrix on May 17th at 3:15 p.m.. The tetrix is an analogue of the 3-D fractal called the Sierpinski Triangle (also called the Sierpinski Sponge or Sierpinski Tetrahedron). Sierpinski Triangle is a fractal named after the Polish mathematician who described it in 1915. It is a mathematical pattern that is generated and can be reproduced at any scale. The fractal’s similarity comes from the 1024 equilateral triangles that are glued together to form a larger triangle that looks porous in appearance.
The students in the Middle School Math Club and students in math classes, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade, have been constructing the triangles and each iteration of the fractal for eight months. The final tetrix will stand approximately 10 feet tall and 10 feet wide. The students will put the final construction together on May 17th in the library as they try to set a world record.