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Mathematics is fun for these children

NUMBERS GAME: Participants watching a demonstration at a workshop on ’Fun with mathematics’ in Tiruchi on Tuesday. —   | Photo Credit: PHOTO:R. M. RAJARATHINAM.

S. Aishwarya

Workshop held at Anna Science Centre-Planetarium

TIRUCHI: The start of the new academic year would mean a whole new set of fun – from school bags to notebooks. For mathematics-phobic students, the fun is dampened by the idea of learning numbers from a fat book.

But for those who attended the workshop at Anna Science Centre-Planetarium, maths got friendly with fun games and fewer numbers. This workshop was conducted as a part of the summer special programme on science, astronomy, electronics and origami.

Members of Vigyan Puraskar of the Department of Science and Technology at Noida taught the kids through ‘EDUSAT’ on ways to appreciate mathematics.

The planetarium is among the 40 satellite interactive terminals in the country.

Kids, aged between 10 and 15, replicated the paper models that were made to teach shapes and measurements. Finding angles of triangle and quadrilateral were taught through the paper shapes. For those who are baffled by the differences in prime and odd numbers, resource persons offered simple ways to commit the key points to memory through a story.

Matchsticks replaced papers to design three-dimensional shapes.

The workshop came to a close with a host of mathematics puzzles.

About 45 students from various schools took part in the workshop.