2011 Maseno Maths Camp

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The 1st Maseno University Annual Maths Camp for high school students has been a resounding success, with over fifteen schools taking part and people travelling the whole length of the country to attend. From 7th-13th August 2011, students and teachers came to Maseno University for the weeklong camp exploring Mathematics from a new perspective. One major aim of the camp was to show how computers can help the teaching of mathematics.

The students were introduced to ideas in mathematics beyond their curriculum, such as game theory, spherical geometry and number theory through talks, discussions, games, activities and, of course, 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 free software including Wolfram CDF Player, Geogebra, CAST and Gapminder.

Mathematical games involving playing cards taught students about the importance of following rules and applying strategy to improve performance. All participants take home with them a resource pack including two dvds of resources containing a wealth of new information to share with their peers and colleagues at their own school. The students also take away two decks of cards and two geometric sculptures donated by Wolfram Research to help them spread the word that maths is more than just calculation.

Going beyond calculation makes maths both applicable and fun!