She Crafted it with Science

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Mighty Chondria If you think creativity and science don’t go together, we have some amazing science crafts to show you. Not only can math and science skills help you get your craft on in expected ways like pattern drafting, mixing, balancing, measuring, etc, they can also inspire some totally unexpected and utterly marvelous projects! Craftster is chock full of awesome projects inspired by biology, anatomy, math, physics, astronomy, zoology, and more. There have even been multiple math and science themed swaps! If you are a math and science lover these will be right up your alley.

Many of our members work in scientific and engineering fields and create astonishing crafts using their knowledge and skills. On the other hand, if you are in school and struggling with math and/or science, hopefully these awesome projects will give you a new perspective and appreciation for what you are learning. In fact, crafting may even give you a way to better understand them. Either way, let’s have a round of applause for the Scientists of Craftster!
Here are a few projects inspired by science. They are the tip of the iceberg, if you love these, look around! There are plenty more across the boards!
bubble chamber DNA bracelet math
plant cell bag science quilt science wreath
beaker stamp plankton bacteria

What are your favorite science and math inspired projects?

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7 Comments

  1. Ambri says:

    Thanks for posting a science-oriented blog. I think our society has come a long way, but I still think there tends to be this “women don’t DO math/science” bias in mainstream media, at times . . . Although I’m not a scientist myself, I come from a “long line” of teachers and scientists, both male AND female, as my dear grandmother used to say . . . so . . . “you go (scientist) girl”!

  2. Lise says:

    I am a PhD student in Biomedical Science. I use crafting as an outlet after working my brain all day, never thought to incorporate it into my crafts. Now I’m going to start, lol, great idea!

    TMLGirl

  3. Darla says:

    Wow. I am so glad you posted this. I am thinking of making a science and craft blog (like the theme for the entire blog) because there is so many things that can be related with these two fields, and I think it would be neat to explore. If I get it started, and practiced for a while, do you mind if I link back here?

  4. batgirl says:

    That would be great, Darla! Let us know if you get it going, I’d love to see it! I really think crafting can enhance science education/understanding, as well as providing inspiration. There is so much elegance in nature, math etc. I wish I had understood this at a younger age, I may have been more receptive to math & science. I am noticing that combination more and more and I think there is just so much to be explored there. I also just love the badass women of Craftster who are in labs, welding shops, doing fieldwork, and other “men’s work”, all while rocking the needles, hooks, paper, clay, etc etc. ;)

  5. Sarasaurus says:

    I agree, I think that a great deal of crafting is science, for me it is mostly understanding why my cake rises. I use math to alter other peoples knitting patterns. Not to mention the patience involved in both seam ripping and writing a PhD. but have you heard of crafting helping math? Check out this amazing TED talk, and you will be knitting hyperbolic space in no time: http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/margaret_wertheim_crochets_the_coral_reef.html
    I haven’t really looked, but maybe someone else has made coral on this site?

  6. YR says:

    ok, I’ve held my breath long enough. That DNA bracelet is WRONG!!! I noticed it when it was originally posted, and can’t believe that no one else caught it. DNA is a RIGHT handed helix!!! i.e. it spins in the right-handed direction. The spiral of the bracelet spins in the left hand direction. While there is one left-handed form (z-DNA) the structure is much different and would not resemble that bracelet. Sorry, I just thought that all of the science nerds out there, myself included, should know.

  7. Safari_kate says:

    I am a great fan of science, you know. :) Although I am not technically in a scientific field, I do use math and science in my field (architecture/landscape architecture). I based one of my building designs in undergrad on the golden spiral/Fibonacci sequence, and most of my designs incorporate mathematical patterns in some form or another. I’ve been crocheting for about sixteen years, and I really think that working with patterns (especially visual doily patterns) helped me to understand and develop building and landscape plans more easily. Also, I’ve started working on hyperbolic shapes ala the Institute for Figuring (http://www.theiff.org/oexhibits/05b.html and http://discovermagazine.com/2006/mar/knit-theory/), and I’ve been wanting to crochet a Klein bottle hat for the longest time now. :)

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