Here I stand, ready to embark on a journey of a lifetime. 

James Peake, Seatle, WA
Alright... enough with the dramatics.  Let's cut to the chase:  I am raising money to help cover the expenses of an international voyage that will land me in the tiny and exceptionally clean country of Singapore.  This will mark my very first over-seas adventure, and I couldn't be more excited. 

Why Singapore?  The answer is simple:  to attend a prestigious gathering of the top minds in areas of scientific and educational exploration of the art of paper folding, 5OSME.  

If you didn't know already, I have discovered an fiery passion for this ancient art form.  What's more, origami serves as a wonderful teaching tool for students learning lessons in academic areas such as mathematics.  In the last 3 years, I have had the pleasure of teaching origami to hundreds of students, ages 5 to 85.  I am currently developing my very own origami mathematics curriculum which I have piloted in a local school for the past 6 months.

This conference is the next step in my blossoming career in arts education. 

As you might imagine, the cost of purchasing my plane ticket alone was enough to drain my total personal savings.  Many more traveling expenses will be incurred.

In exchange for your contribution, donors will receive an original piece of origami art, designed and folded by yours truly.

                   Donate to the Singapore Fund

Learn more about the gathering I am attending:

5th International Conference on Origami in Science, Mathematics and Education and Folding Convention
July 13 – 17, 2010, Singapore

The 5th International Conference on Origami in Science, Mathematics and Education (5OSME) and Folding Convention (PLUS!) provides a platform for researchers, educators, artists, and the community to share and explore new ideas at the crossroads of origami, science, technology, mathematics, education and art.

See the movie that started it all...

This short by filmmaker, Vanessa Gould of Greenfuse Films, was my inspiration to begin exploring the connections between origami and mathematics education.  I will have the pleasure of meeting and attending presentations by Origametria creator, Miri Golan, at the upcoming 5OSME conference in Singapore. 

Origametria, by Vanessa Gould