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Fun with mathematics

RAMA SUNDAR

An exhibition that brought those who have a yen for maths under one roof.

PHOTO: S. MAHINSHA

`SOLVING PROBLEMS': Students from schools across Thiruvananthapuram participated.

Did you know that 1.618 is the most beautiful number, with divine proportions? Answer to this and many more not-so-commonly known math facts were presented in the Mathematics Exhibition that concluded at the Institute of Engineers Hall recently.

This two-day exhibition saw school children from 65 schools of Thiruvananthapuram actively participating. By using encyclopaedias and the Internet, besides help from their teachers, school children in groups of three or four, had come up with charts, models, games and puzzles.

"We held a discussion in June led by Dr. K. Soman, eminent mathematician, in which Maths teachers from schools of Thiruvananthapuram participated," says Anian Koshy, MD of Vazhuthacaud based Young Talents' Forum (P) Ltd., which organised this exhibition. The Young Talents' Forum aims at promoting the intellectual and emotional growth of children by encouraging the children to think and act in a positive and creative manner.

The high failure rate in Maths in the SSLC examinations is what prompted the organisers to think of a Maths Exhibition. Says Koshy, "Students find Maths tough because they lack a thorough understanding of the subject. The purpose of this exhibition is to make children develop an interest for learning Maths."

The exhibits were evaluated by a four-member team comprising Dr.Lalitha Bai, Prof. Jaganathan, Dr. Girija and Prof. Gourikutty Amma. Prizes were awarded to schools that did well in each level. In the higher secondary level, Arya Central School, Pattom stood first while Holy Angels', Nanthancode won the first place in high school and upper primary levels. Special prizes were also given to nine schools in the high school level and to three in the upper primary level.

Hundreds of children from various schools in Thiruvananthapuram visited the exhibition.

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