The project targets 12-16 years old students. The working language is English. The duration of the project is six months. The goal of the project is to
increase students’ motivation and interest for Mathematics, to stimulate their investigative spirit
and curiosity by combining common mathematical contents of the curriculum with aspects of
day-to-day life in different parts of Europe, using concrete objects as well as representations of
mathematical concepts. It is also intended to facilitate mutual understanding through getting
knowledge on the historical and cultural contexts partners live in.
A new task
Posted by: Irina Vasilescu
Our new task is called "A Piece of Pie in..." and it's for all the teams to solve. Starting from the same apple pie recipe, we will be calculating the ingredients according to our group, transform, calculate ratios and baking temperatures. Then we will find out and compare how much a piece of the same pie would cost in each of our towns, present our results and optionally even bake the pie.
This is a picture from the students from Karvina watching the flashmeeting.
We couldn´t celebrate Pi day on 14th March, because we had spring holidays. But we celebrated this day many times: we made a „sun" T-shirt, we made pancakes, we measured the cimcumference and the area of Czech coins and derived the radius and diameter - pupils will learn about circle in the 8th class.
But the best part should be the flashmeeting with our partners. First we were very nervous, but then we looked forward to our friends. Unfortunately the link wasn´t ok, we saw activities of our partners, but...
A celebration of Pi, normally on Pi-day which is the 14th of March (3.14), but due to holidays we did it on the 23rd of March, which is mathematically a bad approximation for pi (3.23) ;)
The students liked the flashmeeting, the pie and seeing the other students from all over Europe.
We played a song by Drs. P, called the Greek Tango and showed an approximation for pi up to 72 decimals! We also had two riddles for the other teams, solved pretty quickly by Mihai from Bucharest and Rocco from Italy.
There were some obstacles, even today: the room was taken, my mobile connection was broken and I had an exam to sit for at the same time. But, for such a team, no obstacle is big enough.
For our part, we had prepared a Geogebra animation of the way Archimedes obtained his correct 2-digits approximation for Pi. Then, Tania showed us a practical way to use Pi when baking a pie, we had a short riddle, a song and a video to share.
My students had two surprises: our headmaster did us the honour...
After technical difficulties, a variety of timetables, scenic panic and everything one can imagine we finally had our Pi Day FlashMeeting.
Such as we had already mentioned the Spanish Team had to ask for permission to stay at school during lunch time. Our lessons stop at 14:45. We thought about having a Pi Lunch. Families collaborated with the cooking and we had on our table all kind of circular pies, omelettes, cakes with Pi decorations.
When it was our turn each student went in front of the camera and showed everybody what has been cooked at home. They talked about ingredients...
We have just posted our task for the Czec team in A Taste of Maths. According to the Maths teacher there was also debate concerning the topic, the object, the photos. I particularly like debates, they improve the critical spirit and teach respect towards other person's opinions.
Finally they decided on something very typical in Spanish cuisine: Potato omelette, Tortilla de Patatas.
We have proposed our task on the blog. It is about two problems, of which one has resulted a bit yummy! We and our partners had to eat so many sweets to solve it! Click here to see the solution from Amsterdam.
The solutions of the Matera team to the Greek and Bucharest tasks
Posted by: Maria Teresa Asprella
The activity of the Maths tasks has been really involving. The Matera team has solved the Greek task with an animation and then the Bucharest one, which has surprised us for its close relation to our algebra and geometry curriculum. We had already used animations before, but this time we have tried Vuvox. Thanks to our partners for telling us about it!
The Maths task from Bucharest was explained by a new aquaintance of ours: Mr. Macaroni, Mac in short- a funny character who asked our Spanish partners (an any other partners who would lile to) to calculate the largest rectangular area that can be surrounded with a pack of spaghetti.
Actually, it was just a common task regarding the connection between the surface and the perimeter of a rectangle, made more enjoyable by the "story" attached to it. We had plahhed to animate Mr. Mac, but since it was too much for our ICT skills, we made a Vuvox presentation....
We have posted the results of our Pi Art Exhibition at school.
Students had been required to make as many representations of Pi as possible with recycled material. It is just a preparation for the big celebration on 23rd March.
We wanted to use recycled material to begin with a new topic in our English syllabus concerning Energy, in this way we are also linking with the activities for the Erth Day. They had used plastic and paper bags, cardboard, cloth, wool, old lottery tickets, milk bricks and ribbons...
In the classroom they explained what they had used and how they had...
We have posted in the A Taste of Maths blog, our answer to the Maths riddle that the Romanian team proposed us.
Students worked on it with the Maths teacher, Sergio. First they entered several sites to revise geometry, areas. Then they started making calculations for differetn rectangular areas.
Then, we worked on it again in the English class to agree on the way to post in the blog. We studied different tools. Vuvox and Scribd were chosen and we even play with the translation of my surname: Cuadrado, a square in English. As a matter of fact, theyn, we...
We have started a new part of the project: a chain exercise. Each team will propose a food-related Maths problem to the team who is next in line in alphabetical order. Of course, any other team is invited to solve it too.
The first was the task from Karvina, Czech Republic. They sent a very nice task about their school canteen. It fit very well in our syllabus and it was an opportunity to learn a bit about their school, so we decided to solve it too, together with the Greek team. The Amsterdam team solved it too, and they...