From elementary school to high school, math education in Taiwan focuses mainly on explaining formulas, practicing questions, and doing exams. It puts less emphasis on the application of math. This tendency makes students think that math is boring, and that in turn causes bad performance in math grades. However, we think math should be a subject that is very practical and interesting, and is everywhere in our daily life. The goal of “The Math Lab” is to solve the question above. We hope that we can introduce the charming sides of math to the students by letting them experiment and explore the plurality of math. In addition, we also focus on how to make the teachers be willing to design various kinds of activities given the pressure of school schedules. The cost of designing a practical activity is very high. It takes a lot of time and money to design an activity that is both educational and interesting. There are a lot of advantages in building a math lab. A lab equipped with all kinds of mathematical teaching materials and mathematical art works can inspire teachers and give students a rich experience in learning math. A lot of collaboration was forced to be terminated because of COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of doing this project in schools, we turned to local communities and rural areas to hold a tour exhibition of math. As the COVID-19 pandemic became more and more serious, we made Youtube videos based on the teaching projects we designed for students to learn online, and for teachers to prepare their lectures. And, to focus on our original goal, we want more teachers to use the concept of “learning math by doing it” into their class. Then, students can have totally different experiences in learning math, and turn out to discover how useful and interesting math is. As a result, we kept on planning and executing different kinds of activities to promote this idea.
|Effective start/end date||2019/06/01 → 2021/05/31|
- popular math
- math communication
- hands-on math activity
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