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Mathamagic thrills

How do you envisage students preparing for a math test to be held in school? With their noses buried deep in books, and their hands furiously scribbling away, solving question after question?

education Updated: Sep 11, 2006 15:08 IST

How do you envisage students preparing for a math test to be held in school? With their noses buried deep in books, and their hands furiously scribbling away, solving question after question?

If this is the way you picture it, you would have been in for a surprise at a math camp focussing on decimals, fractions and percentages organised by 28:AM Cammmps at Fun and Food Village recently.

It was a very different sight that met the eyes. Children of class VI, DPS Mathura Road, were seen frolicking around in the pool, having a gala time on the swings, and playing in the park. Yet, they managed to prepare for the oft ‘dreaded’ math paper to be held in their school the day after they returned from camp.

The methodology that they followed was simple. They first asked students to prepare for a math mock test, which they took four days before their test in school. This helped the organisers identify the weak areas. Then during the camp, the individual weaknesses of students were identified and worked upon. On the last day, another test was taken, which showed that students had actually benefited from this exercise.

“The thought behind organising this event was to make students comfortable with math. And also to make them realise that math can be studied in any environment. At this park, we made them “see” math. For instance, we took the case of a swing that had five arms. Then we explained to them how one arm equals to 20 per cent, which equals 0.2 or 1/5th of the entire swing,” said Ashish Ash Gulati, founder director, 28:AM Cammmps.

Talking about their experience at this camp, the students said, “It was a great experience. We played games and learnt at the same time. We quizzed, learnt memory tips and formulas. But we also had good fun at the pool and on the swings.” Up next by the organisers is a measurement camp starting September 29.