Domino is a type of board game that features tiles arranged in a square, each with an arrangement of spots called pips. The pips are a visual representation of the 21 results of throwing two six-sided dice (2d6).
The name domino comes from the fact that a single tile can be knocked over, and it will cause the next one to fall in line. This cascade is a popular metaphor for the way that ideas and events can spread from one action to another, or in other words, the domino effect.
In a domino game, each player selects a domino and tries to place it in the same position on the table as the last tile that was played. If a tile can’t be placed, it goes back to the boneyard and a new one is picked. Players continue to choose and play dominoes from the boneyard until they have a set that can be played or until no more dominoes are available on the table.
There are many types of domino games, but all share the same goal: to play the dominoes in a specific order and to score points when the total number of spots on the ends is divisible by five or three. Some of these games are adapted from card games, like Concentration and “5s-and-3s,” but others are entirely new.
One of the most exciting aspects of a domino design is how the tiles can tumble. Before they are placed in the final design, Hevesh has them laid out on a flat surface so that she can see exactly how they will fall and how much space they will take up. She then tests each section of the design to make sure that it works individually.
She also makes test versions of each piece of the design, so that she can see how it will interact with other pieces and see if any parts of the structure need to be changed before she finishes the entire project. She then builds up the structure, starting with the largest 3-D sections first and finishing with lines that connect all the dominoes together.
Her biggest projects are a lot of work, but they’re all worth it when she’s able to show off her creations and the scientific principles behind them. She says the most important thing to understand about her creations is that a little nudge will force the first domino to fall, so that the potential energy stored in it is now free to push on the next domino.
Taking the time to create your own domino art is an excellent way to improve your mental and physical health. The exercise will boost your circulation and reduce stress, which is good for everyone!
It’s also a fun activity for families. The kids will have a blast designing the layout of their dominoes and watching them fall in a beautiful, artistic arrangement!
The art is as simple or complex as you want it to be. You can use straight lines, curved lines, grids that form pictures when they fall, stacked walls, or even 3D structures like towers and pyramids!