MATH2EARTH – Bringing Mathematics to Earth

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Math2Earth supports teaching and learning mathematics in primary and secondary school by connecting mathematical concepts to our everyday life.

The project addressed young peoples' lack of motivation to learn mathematics by presenting and explaining applications of mathematical concepts in the real world. The consortium developed learning modules and lesson plans for teachers, ready-to-use in the classroom, and organised workshops for maths teachers on how to make mathematics more attractive and relevant for their students.

The main results of Math2Earth are:

•    Resource Book containing teaching materials to be used by teachers and students in school (within the curriculum and in extracurricular activities), teacher trainers and teacher trainees
•    Course and workshop for pre- and in-service-teachers
•    Final conference to present the results and activities of the project to teachers and other education professionals,

Basic information

Country: Austria, Bulgaria, Denmark, Italy, Slovakia

Coordinator: University of Vienna Austria, www.univie.ac.at

Programme: LLP

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Target groups: primary school students, teachers, trainee teachers

Topic: Maths

Start year: 2009

End year: 2010

Url: http://www.math2earth.oriw.eu/

Contact person: Andreas Ulovec, UNIVERSITY OF VIENNA, andreas.ulovec@univie.ac.at

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The approach of the project to maths education is to provide students with a context or several possible contexts for each mathematical concept, together with examples of its practical use.

The Resource Book produced by the project contains:

•    Examples of interesting applications of mathematics in the real world
•    Examples of mathematically important tasks presented in an appropriate context to connect them with real life
•    Instructions and tips on how to find interesting applications and how to create an appropriate context for mathematics tasks.

The Resource Book has been distributed to teachers in the project partner countries and is also available online on the project website: http://www.math2earth.oriw.eu/outcomes.htm

The teaching materials from the book are divided into following topic-based sections:

•    Mathematics from Earth to Space
•    Expect to be surprised by what you can do with mathematics
•    Mathematics: a tool in your hand
•    Mathematical challenges from the town of Galileo
•    Gardens, lemonade and the Space Shuttle have a common denominator

 

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