The Art of Maths Best tools

The Art of Maths Best tools

Over the past few months, the partners of the project have tested and explored the tools with teachers and students in order to gather feedback and impressions on their suitability and attractiveness. The received feedback was rather positive and enthusiastic!

The last output of this project is a handbook presenting the partners’ 5 favorite tools after the testing phase. One tool was chosen from each of the 5 thematic areas, according to the received feedback. The “The Art of Maths Best-of handbook”, which will be ready in all languages of the partnership by September 2020, will present these tools and the collected comments by teachers and students.

As you might be curious about its content, here is a sneak peek!

The selected tools are:

Students learnt how to draw Islamic Art by using geometry and its concepts. They discovered how mathematics was already present in the artistic movements of the Middle Ages and found a motivating way to link creativity and logic.

There is a legend according to which Pythagoras heard the sound of the hammers at a Blacksmith’s and discovered that music could be explained logically, using math and physics. This tool explores that theory and encourages children to do an experiment by playing music with glass bottles.

This play by Malba Tahan shows how mathematics can be used to solve daily problems. It tells the story of a man who travels and spends his stays solving math problems for locals who need his help. The final task of this tool encourages children to role-play and take the characters’ point of view, thus discovering the importance of mathematics in everyday life.

The movie described in this tool presents three important African American women working for NASA who greatly contributed to sending astronaut John Glenn to the moon. This tool thus introduces important role models to foster gender and racial equality in STEAM education. It will also encourage students to do research on the important discoveries that sent astronauts to the moon.

As poetry has been written for centuries, it is important for students to understand that there is a logic behind these literary works. The tool on mathematical poetry will not only require students to write poems about math concepts. It will also show them how poetry has been structured in a mathematical way since the dawn of time.

You will find more information on these best tools and the teachers’ and students’ feedback in our The Art of Maths Best-of Handbook!