The Belgian Connection

Posted by Steve Lynett on June 22, 2013 | Posted under 3D puzzles, age, art, children, creativity, discovery, imagination, kids, polypuzzle

 

This report highlights the work of two Serbian students who were studying in Belgium.  Their task was to run a workshop with children from six to 15 years of age.  The teachers monitoring the workshop were extremely pleased with the result.

 

Tempus Project (part 1)

PolyPuzzle Workshop

Katrina Radic

The concept of making mathematics more interesting to children is a new way of looking at mathematics in general. I think it is important to show children that mathematics can be very creative and intriguing, thus the workshops were a big challenge and an interesting experience.

Through a geometric-based 3D puzzle game, named PolyPuzzle, in which kids could make various geometric forms – even little animals and toys – we succeeded in showing children that mathematics can be very creative and fun. The children reacted very well to the workshop – it was fascinating to see how children of different ages reacted differently to the puzzle. In the end, they all succeeded in making something of their own, thus bringing mathematics closer to them.

In the end, the workshop was, I think, a success – we brought mathematics closer to children and showed them that they are neither complicated nor hard – we have showed them the creativity and playfulness of mathematics, reflecting the fact that they really can be fun and interesting.

 

Tempus Project (part 2)

Milena Nicic

For our workshop, we have used PolyPuzzle – a 3D puzzle based on mathematics and geometry, with which kids could make different toys, like geometrical objects (spheres, tetrahedrons, icosahedrons, etc), and animals (bats, turtles, dinosaurs, frogs…).

Even though a bit complicated, it was interesting to see how kids dealt with the puzzle and learned, very fast, how to assemble it. It was fascinating how kids of different ages assembled the puzzles differently – in the end, all of them enjoyed the workshop and made a PolyPuzzle to take home.

I personally enjoyed working with the children and seeing them deal with mathematical objects while being creative and logic, at the same time having a lot of fun.

The kids playing with the PolyPuzzle were 6 to 15 years old – all of them found an aspect of the workshop to enjoy.

The workshop has shown everyone that mathematics could be very fun, and the fact that the kids could bring their creations home with them was very important for bringing mathematics closer to the kids.

The workshop very clearly reflects the creativity and playfulness of mathematics, which is very important in order for children to be more open to the subject. I very much liked that something as simple as a puzzle could make such a point and bring out the, very important, creative and logical thinking of children.

In the end, the workshop was a success, with many children making various objects and experimenting with the puzzle.