Folding Tech

Using Origami and Nature to Revolutionize Technology

  • Interest Level: Grade 6 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 8

Space probes, self-assembling robots, crash-absorbing cars, and designer proteins all have one thing in common: their use of folding technologies. To develop these technologies, engineers are taking inspiration from an unusual source—origami, the ancient art of paper folding. Examine origami’s origins, how it intersects with mathematics, and how it became a tool to solve some of the most complicated challenges in engineering, architecture, technology, and medicine today. Plus, get a close-up look at these technologies with two augmented reality images included in the book!

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Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 8
Genre Science, Young Adult
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Traditional Nonfiction, STEM, STEM: Engineering
Copyright 2021
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Twenty-First Century Books ™
Language English
Number of Pages 104
Publication Date 2020-11-03
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS YAN055040, YAN050010, YAN034020
Dewey 736/.982
Dimensions 6 x 9
ATOS Reading Level 8.3
Accelerated Reader® Points 4.0
Features Augmented Reality, Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Charts/Graphs/Diagrams, Glossary, Index, Primary source quotations/images, Reviewed, Sidebars, and Source notes

Author: Karen Latchana Kenney

Karen Latchana Kenney was born near the rainforests of Guyana, but moved far north to Minnesota at a young age. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor's degree in English and has been writing and editing since. She has worked as an editor at an educational publishing company, but is now a full-time freelance writer and editor in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She has written more than 70 books on all kinds of subjects: from arts and crafts to biographies of famous people. Her books have received positive reviews from Booklist, Library Media Connection, and School Library Journal. When she's not busy writing, she loves biking and hiking with her husband and young son in the many beautiful parks of the state. Visit her online at


  • Mathical Book Prize, Commended, 2023


School Library Journal

“[H]ighlights the ‘A’ in STEAM and is sufficiently meaty in its scientific presentation. . . a great resource to bridge science and origami in the home and classroom.”—School Library Journal


“From folded cranes to collapsible solar sails, this offering provides an enticing look at a unique STEAM crossover.”—Booklist

Kirkus Reviews

“Effectively showcases the contemporary brilliance that can come from ancient principles.”—Kirkus Reviews