ScienceLab Eberbach: This is how mathematics has fun – Neckar Valley and Odenwald – News and updates from the region

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Eberbach. “I hate math,” says Evelin, “my aunt signed me up without saying yes!” The mood can change at the beginning of this festive fun. The adult education center organized it together with ScienceLab. “Today we are not going to count that much,” the course instructor Katharina Heller promises to the six participants.

“Adventure – Math with a Difference” is the name of the program for which parents had to pay 27 euros per child upon registration. It was worth it for Evelin, who later found out that she didn’t hate math at all, but rather fragile “arithmetic.” She is the last to leave the room later. She tells her mother, “Next time, sign me up for an engineering class!” Moritz, Anton, Johanna, Mia and Sophie are also attentive and actively involved in the three-hour science adventure.

Sophie, Mia and Johanna are building together – hopefully a stable – skyscraper. Photo: Carmen Austria

They start out very small and form “bodies” of play dough, that is, balls, cylinders, cubes, pyramids, cones and cuboids. Children from eight to ten years old know the world well, they even know the prism. “What happens when you cut the bodies?” Asks Katharina Heller, who questioned her teaching principle. Almost a role reversal. Children who otherwise harass adults with questions come up with answers. Using toothpicks as crayons, they explain to each other how to floss their bodies.

Evelin wants to cut a star out of a cube. Question from Katharina Heller: “How many ways can you cut a cube?” 34. So it goes on, incredibly exciting. You can fold a sheet of paper in a circle. It just depends on the size, how often? The sextet tries. “How often do I have to fold the newspaper to reach the moon?” Heller increases children’s interest. The imagination only stretches to the moon when they watch a short film about it. “This shows very well that children can also use the media wisely when they watch short videos about the use of mathematics in their daily lives,” says Katharina Heller.

It is the same with the invention of the chessboard. The “legend of rice grains” is told. Then the wise Sissa ibn Dahir appeased the tyrannical ruler of the Indian Shihram as he was king as

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