We developed and delivered this make and take drop-in workshop for Imperial College London’s Christmas ‘Lates’ event.

Visitors got hands-on and made their own geometric Christmas decorations whilst chatting to maths researchers about their work. We worked closely with Dr Cristina Manolache, a Royal Society Research Fellow to produce shapes that could be linked to her research into geometry and string theory.

“I love this, it reminds me of the twist you get when you put spaghetti into a pan of water to cook” (adult visitor)

We designed the geometric shapes to be easy to make using low cost materials, but at the same time reflecting the mathematical principles and with a Christmas twist to them. Over 150 decorations were made on the night with visitors taking away an info sheet to read up more about the research at home.

Photography Dan Weill