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OrigaMIT is MIT's origami club. It exists to promote, practice, and teach origami folding, analysis, and design.

The club meets weekly on Sunday afternoons. Anyone interested in origami is invited to attend, regardless of MIT affiliation, and origami beginners are always welcome.

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Origami Exhibit Competition

Since 2002, MIT has sponsored a highly visible Origami Exhibit Competition which showcases student work in origami. From 2002-2009, the competition was sponsored by the Office of the Arts Student & Artist-in-Residence Programs. Currently, OrigaMIT sponsors the Exhibit.

Faculty Advisor

OrigaMIT's faculty advisor is Erik Demaine, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

Prof. Demaine has an academic interest in origami, and teaches the class 6.849: Geometric Folding Algorithms: Linkages, Origami, Polyhedra. He appears in the documentary film "Between The Folds" about origami. His origami work is part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art.

Demaine joined the MIT faculty in 2001 at age 20, said to be the youngest professor in the history of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2003 he was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship.

Events & History

The acclaimed origami artist Robert Lang has worked with the club on multiple occasions, including special events in 2010.

In 2010, club members constructed a 17-foot-long paper triceratops which was exhibited in the Student Center.

On Valentine's Day 2011, OrigaMIT was featured on the front page of the Boston Globe. The article, entitled "Origami finds new dimensions at MIT" by Joseph P. Kahn, reads in part:

An influx of talented young folders like [Yanping] Chen has solidified the university's reputation as a hotbed of "extreme" origami, a branch of the ancient art form that draws upon high-level mathematical and engineering skills to create mind-blowing works of art. With a mailing list of 200 members drawn from every segment of the MIT community, the club holds weekly meetings and workshops and sponsors campus-wide competitions that challenge MIT’s best and brightest to fold their way to glory.

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