MIT’s origami club which we call OrigaMIT, is a student run organization where folders can come from the surrounding area and the entire MIT community is welcome to come and just learn to fold something new or try something they’ve already done before; come in and show something off. I first saw origami in fourth grade and from then on I was just infatuated with it and I always wanted to learn how to transform paper into cool objects. When I came to MIT I found out there was this club for it, and it was amazing coming to it and learning everyones advanced skill levels and things like that. So origami is basically ancient Japanese art of paper folding. Ori stands for folding, and gami the word it comes from means paper. It’s been practiced for hundreds of years and keeps getting more advanced and more geometrically complicated. I made a hercules beetle that was so complicated it has six legs body pinchers and lots of things and one sheet of paper. A lot of young kids do come into our club and all of them have varying degrees of experience. Some of them are beginners, just learning how to fold cranes and other simple models, but some of them are really ambitious and they in to try and learn how to design their own origami. I’ve been doing origami since I was five. We try to help those who are still learning how to fold and those who are interested in origami design we talk to them a bit and really encourage them. A lot of people are intimidated by OrigaMIT. They think that because we’re all MIT students that everything is super advanced and we use all this math to fold stuff, when really anyone can do it. I think its because MIT students like to challenge themselves. Anything that someone else has done before they feel like they can do it too. That was my first attempt but I couldn’t get it together so I made a larger one and then went back and put that one together, once I understood how everything went together. Normally when you give people diagrams when they get to a part that they need help with they’ll ask for help, but MIT students they like to just keep at it, by themselves, just keep working on it. It’s like, “OK I can get this, I can do this myself.” I highly encourage anyone, even if you’ve never folded before to just stop by because you might find out how much you love it and keep coming back.