Paper Folding

Paper Folding Project Logo

Project Team

Current Members: Diogo dos Santos, Dr. Si Jung Kim (faculty), Randolph Huynh, & Nicholas Huynh

Project Purpose

The High Roller will be the first version of the Paper Folding project. It is a recently added feature to the Las Vegas Strip, where guests can take a 30 minute ride on the observation wheel to get an aerial view of the strip. The High Roller not only poses unique architectural features but also has many STEAM components embedded in the science behind a ‘ferris wheel’. The goal of the first version is to test the feasibility and process of making a paper folding structure With this first model, a user study will be conducted to identify the key components of visualization and instruction.

The main objective of the Paper Folding project is to present the STEAM(Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) components of the buildings on the Las Vegas Strip such as:

  • Height
  • Diameter
  • Capacity
  • Time Per Revolution

Assembling all parts of each version will help the user to relate these facts with the 3D Model.

Educational Component

The paper folding model will be taken to Elementary and Middle School Students of the Las Vegas area. Josefina Ly, UNLV STEM Admission Counselor, will coordinate sessions with schools. The Paper Folding project aims to bring an educational component through entertainment. This is due by adding supplemental information regarding the STEAM components of the paper model. In this case, the STEAM components regarding the High Roller.

Paper Folding Project Picture

Future Development

The paper folding project will expand to other Las Vegas casinos and monuments allowing users to piece together the models and make their own mini Las Vegas Strip. Future paper models include:

  • Bellagio
  • Wynn
  • Caesars Palace
  • The Stratosphere

Future plans for the paper folding model involves making an advanced kit that allows users to add motors, LEDs, and other basic components that work with an Aduino Uno to program lights, motion, and sound. This advanced paper model will be made available for High School and entry level College Students, as well as hobbyists.