Origami art: Professor unfolds his talent

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Robert Ordonez is a computer science professor at Southern Adventist University and has been teaching for eight years. Ordonez is also known for his work in origami. Although always having an interest in origami, it really sparked once his son reached an appropriate age to where they could bond over it. In this picture are a few examples of Ordonez’s origami pieces. Some of the pieces are stable and do not move (center, back left), while others can move and be played with (right, front left).
Ordonez teaches his computer science class on coding and programming. He was first introduced to coding in fifth grade when a computer science major began offering coding lessons. “[Coding] hooked me from really early on, this idea of that there’s organization and out of that organization there’s creativity,” Ordonez said.
Ordonez pulls folded pieces of origami paper out of their case. Occasionally at church children will come up to Ordonez and ask him for action origami, which he then folds for them. This form of origami is designed to move and do some type of action such as a bird flapping or frog jumping.
Ordonez holds a piece of origami that he built. Ordonez constructs modular origami, which is origami built from more than one piece of paper. He has built pieces that have 12, 16 and even 96 pieces of paper.
Ordonez demonstrates how one of the origami pieces will explode when hit. This specific model is called “Butterflies,” because it breaks apart into 12 pieces that resemble butterflies.
“It’s kind of different [Butterflies],” Ordonez said. “The others are intended to stay together, but this one I tend to use as an object lesson. Sometimes we look like we’re all put together and yet something comes along and I’m really close to falling apart. I have to remind myself to be a little extra kind to those around me because they just might barely be holding it together and you don’t know that.” 

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