Spatial ability is essential for succeeding in the STEM (Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) disciplines, especially mental rotation. Research points out that spatial ability is malleable, and therefore calls for developing learners’ ability by engaging them in appropriate assignments, starting from kindergarten. Given this, our paper presents several assignments designed for mathematics prospective teachers with the aim of fostering their mental rotation skills. Specifically, these assignments deal with solids of revolution, three-dimensional shapes formed by revolving a planar shape about a given axis that lies on the same plane.
Shriki, Atara; Barkai, Ruthi; and Patkin, Dorit
"Developing mental rotation ability through engagement in assignments that involve solids of revolution,"
The Mathematics Enthusiast: Vol. 14
, Article 28.
Available at: http://scholarworks.umt.edu/tme/vol14/iss1/28