Origami in Engineering and Design

Learning intention

  • understand how origami techniques can be applied to engineering and design
  • An awareness that all folding techniques are made up of either Valley Fold or Mountain Fold

Part 1 – How origami inspires real life problem solving.

Origami is known as a traditional Japanese art form. But did you know its techniques and principles have been applied to many scientific and engineering challenges. Things like medicine and space stations are examples where origami has inspired solutions, and has allowed tools and equipment to be re-designed in new ways.
Follow these steps:

  • Watch the Video attached called Origami in Engineering2.
  • Open a Word document. Put the heading Origami in Engineering.
  • Using what you saw in the video, make a list of things where origami has helped in Engineering or Design.
  • Make a STEAM folder in your documents and save your work.

Part 2 – Mountain Folds and Valley Folds

You need to know that there are only two types of folds in all kinds of folding.

  • Mountain Fold: A fold in which the crease is at the top and points upwards
  • Valley Fold: A fold in which the crease is at the bottom and points downwards

          Mountain Fold      Valley Fold

To explain it better, watch the video attached called Origami basics – Mountain and Valley Folds.

Part 3 – Have a go at origami

Have paper ready to fold. It can be coloured or white.
In the last video, the man used Valley and Mountain Folds to make a paper aeroplane. It’s now your turn to make a paper aeroplane using mountain and valley folds. If you would like to have a go at the paper aeroplane the man made, this is the link to his video. Or you might like to make other origami designs using a Google search. This will be your choice.


I hope you enjoyed having a go at origami and seeing how it can be used in engineering. More on this topic next week.

Stay safe!
Ms Sieira