Three-dimensional geometric paper shapes made without using glue by Robert Pargeter.
M/S and C/Us of numerous three-dimensional geometric shapes made from brightly coloured paper spread out on a table.
M/Ss of Christopher Bowes making a cube the old-fashioned way with paper and a pot of glue, and Andrew Keeble making a cube the modern way, by plaiting brightly coloured paper round and round the shape to make it fit together without using glue.
We see these two schoolboys sitting side by side at a table with their schoolmaster, Robert Pargeter. The commentator tells us he developed the idea for use when simple models are needed in maths lessons at Taunton School in Southampton. C/U of Mr P's hands cutting some brightly coloured strips of paper and folding them in preparation for plaiting.
M/S as he produces one he prepared earlier! It seems to be several strips of coloured paper plaited together at one end; various C/Us as Mr P carries on plaiting and folding the paper to show the method. He is making a Great Dodecahedron which the commentator tells us "technically only has 12 sides, although we could count as many as 60". He hands the finished shape to the two schoolboys to examine.
Note: There is some interesting documentation on file for this film including correspondence from Mr Pargeter and a small book called 'Plaited Polyhedra' that he wrote for the Mathematical Gazette in 1959.