ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The Fractal Foundation is working to build interest in math, science, and art in local schools. The nonprofit uses the beauty of fractals or geometric patterns found in nature and in mathematics as well as a dose of friendly competition called The Albuquerque Fractal Challenge to accomplish its mission. Volunteers go into schools all across Albuquerque to teach kids ages seven and up how to use free software to create their very own fractal.

This year more than 300 students participated. Eight winners including Bosque School sixth-grader, Lauren Lester were selected. Their artwork will be displayed on a giant scale at local schools, on sides of buildings, and even at special venues like Electric Playhouse.

Parents we spoke with say it’s a great way to open doors that may not have otherwise existed.

“I think it’s incredible especially for our Girls because they’ve been on the lower end of that for a long time and i think it gives them more confidence.”

Dana Lester, Bosque School Parent

The Fractal Foundation is sponsored by the City of Albuquerque, The Urban Enhancement Trust Fund, United Way of Central New Mexico, Explora, The Air Force Research Lab, Starfield Collective, and more.

To learn how you can participate in the Fractal Foundation, click here.