Drawing in Space: Doing Mathematics with 3D Pens

Part of the ICME-13 Monographs book series (ICME13Mo)


Scholars generally agree that evolutions in technology, such as the printing press, lead to deep changes in thinking, learning and doing mathematics. In this paper, we investigate the potential changes in thinking, learning and doing that may arise from the use of 3D Drawing Pens, which enable mathematics to be done in space, thus shifting a two-millennium old tradition of drawing on 2D sand, paper and screens. We describe our rationale for undertaking this research, theoretical framework, methodology and preliminary findings about the role of 3D drawing in the learning of functions and calculus in a high school mathematics classroom.


3D printing Drawing in space Inclusive materialism Gestures Calculus and functions 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Chinese University of Hong KongSha TinHong Kong
  2. 2.Simon Fraser UniversityBurnabyCanada

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