African Maths Initiative

Sharing Initiatives in Maths Education

1st Maseno Maths Camp

The 1st Annual Maseno University Maths Camp for high school students took place from 7th-13th August 2011 on the university campus. Students and teachers from over fifteen schools were represented at the week-long inaugural event aimed to introduce participants to new ideas and technologies in the teaching of Mathematics.

Activity sessions varied throughout the week ranging from lectures to hands-on computer based investigations to problem solving sessions. The sessions were led by a team of local and international educators giving participants the unique opportunity to benefit from a range of approaches and experiences.

The students were presented ideas in mathematics beyond their curriculum, such as game theory, spherical geometry, mathematical modeling and number theory through talks, discussions, games, activities and computer software. Students, some of who were using computers for the first time, were able to make new mathematical discoveries and explain difficult ideas through the use of software including Mathematica, Geogebra, CAST and Gapminder.

Mathematical games involving playing cards taught students about the importance of following rules and applying strategy to improve performance. Applying rules correctly is the key to being successful with mathematics in school. All participants left the camp with a resource pack including two decks of cards, two mathematical sculptures, two DVDs of resources and a wealth of new information to share with their peers and colleagues at their own school.

 

The following people were involved in this event

Zach Mbasu,

This is an event of the initiative

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