Math Lab
At Somaiya, we believe in making math lessons fun and engaging for the students. We have a Math Lab where our students get to explore and learn different mathematical concepts, facts and theorems through various materials and activities such as Peg Board, Tangram and Pythagoras Theorem Game. Our aim is to help them develop a favorable attitude towards mathematics by making math classes fun and exciting.
Our lab consists of more than 200 models in various branches of mathematics such as, Geometry, Algebra and Arithmetic. These models are designed to help students verify formulae results and applications.
We have incorporated innovative assessments and games to change the spirit of boring math lessons. Our teachers help the students understand the use and role of numbers in daily life through math puzzles, brain teasers, games and math problems.
Some of the examples for the activities that we do at our lab are as follows
Area and Perimeter
Materials required: Square 10”× 10” board of acrylic /plywood/ hardboard /chopped sole rubber, match sticks or short nails, string. Students find it difficult to master the concept of perimeter even though it is a simple concept. Further, its relation to area, which is the other measure associated with a bounded plane figure, is not clear. Some students even have difficulty with the concept of area. This activity clarifies the notion of perimeter and helps students discover its distances from the concept of area.
Tangram
Materials required: Card paper. A Tangram set has seven pieces which are cut from a square piece. The shape and pattern of these pieces is shown in the figure. Tangram puzzles were first developed by Chinese over a thousand years ago. Tangrams are excellent for children to work with in developing concepts of geometric relations. The tangram pieces can be arranged to form hundreds of different shaped animals and human figures. Tangrams can also be used to study geometric shapes.
Pythagoras theorem game
Materials required: Chart paper for making the board and question cards, cutter, buttons, a pair of dice. This game is meant to familiarize students with the Pythagoras theorem which plays a crucial role in school geometry. In this game two or more students roll a pair of dice to move around the triangular board shown in the figure.
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