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The Science in Art – Sigma Xi Exhibit at the 2012 USA Science and Engineering Festival
Learn about science and engineering as you creatively explore form, balance, color and movement.
A mobile is a type of kinetic sculpture constructed to take advantage of the principle of equilibrium. Kinetic art includes works in which motion is a defining property. While motor or crank-driven moving sculptures may have initially prompted it, the word "mobile" refers more specifically to free-moving creations introduced by Alexander Calder.
Below are resources for students, teachers and parents that feature mobile sculptures as a tool for learning math, science and engineering principles through the art of the mobile sculpture.
Photo Credit - Flowing Rhythm (red), is by Flensted Mobiles of Denmark.
Interactive Mobile Websites:
Videos about Alexander Calder
Books for Elementary School Students:
Alexander Calder and His Magical Mobile, by Jean Lipman
(recommended for age 4)
Alexander Calder (Sticker Art Shapes Series), by Sylvie Delpech
(recommended for ages 5-8)
Sandy's Circus: A Story about Alexander Calder, by Tanya Lee Stone (recommended for ages 6-8)
Alexander Calder (The Life and Works of...Series), by Adam Schaefer
(recommended for ages 6-8)
Alexander Calder (Mira que artista!)- Spanish Edition, by Patricia Geis (recommended for ages 7-9)
Alexander Calder (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists), by. Mike Venezia
(recommended for ages 8-9)
Learning from the Masters: The Art of Mobiles with Alexander Calder, by Brenda Lauw
(recommended for ages 9 to 12)
Photo Credit: Jujumo Mobile by Julie Firth