| Posted on 28/05/2014 - 12:22|
MakingMaths supports the learning of Mathematics thanks to a kit of open hardware electronic modules that can be easily connected each other and to an Arduino sheet, in order to transform abstract mathematical concepts into practical experiences.
It is not only a commonplace that Maths is often felt by students as a nightmare; in Italy, this is a fact witnessed by the high n° of failures in ministerial exams (in 2013, the 60% of students failed), and by the decrement in the n° of students in Scientific Faculties, particularly in Mathematics. This is mainly due to the fact that Maths has been progressively stripped down of its experiential content, in favour of a formalization of procedures and symbols that are often taught and learned through memory instead of a deep acquisition. But Maths is progressively influencing our societies: overcoming the difficult relation between Maths and Youth means giving to the latter skills and abilities to understand the reality.
MakingMaths is a kit of small open hardware electronic modules made of led, potentiometers, faders, led matrix and servo motors that can be easily connected each other as weel as to an Arduino sheet; the kit is then a true didactic modular support for Maths.
Target group and social impact
The proposed solution intends to target the following groups: - Students aged between 13-18. In this case, while the kit can represent a useful tool for all students independently from their learning abilities, it is particular suitable for students with learning disabilities; - Maths teachers (secundary level in particular); - Speech therapists, Educators and Professionals in the field of education and learning. The kit is expected to produce a relevant impact on the mentioned groups: thanks to its low cost, its easy use and to its web platform thought as a social aggregator, MakingMaths can become a stable didactical tool at school, it can be used individually by students and teachers to improve learning processes and it can operate as a virtual lab of Mathematical production.
Competences of the applicant
The idea was born within the ImpactHUB Firenze's community. In particular, it involves: -Laura Martelloni: co-founder of IHF, with 8 years of experience in education; -Marco Tognetti: co-founder of IHF, expert in business modelling and planning; -Daniele D'Arrigo: co-founder of FabLab Firenze, educator and speech therapist, with key expertise in the design of devices for cognitive disabilities
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