Implementation of ‘Math Challenge – ‘The Nobel Prize’ (SOI-PL-177)

Welcome! We are 7th-grade students from Poland and we participated in the ‘Math Challenge – The Nobel Prize‘.

Creating and solving math challenges

The maths teacher organised us in random groups of four people. We had to solve a math problem related to Marie Sklodowska-Curie. The next step involved creating a math challenge similar to the one involving Marie Sklodowska-Curie to other groups. The challenge was supposed to be based on problem-solving leading to linear equations in one variable. Each group told the class their concept. Most of the groups decided to create posters with math tasks. The process lasted a couple of lessons. After that, we exchanged our projects and we tried to solve them. Some tasks required out of the box thinking and coming out with non-standard solutions. After solving the tasks, we informed each other about our experiences and the issues we faced. Then, after the feedback process was over, we corrected our mistakes.

We are solving sample problems

The importance of cooperation and feedback

As stated before, our class was divided into groups and our goal was to create a math challenge associated with a Nobel prize winner for other groups. In this challenge, an important thing was to cooperate. Every group was different and focused on various particularly skilled Nobel Prize winner. Besides cooperation, feedback from other groups was also important – it was something that motivated us to improve our projects, it also helped us understand where we made mistakes and come up with solutions to our problems.

Creating new challenges

Cultural aspects

This challenge was not only about math problems. It was also about cooperating, improving our skills, learning how to handle criticism and negative feedback. It was a good way to learn something about people who won the Nobel Prize. We found out something about clever inventions and we also got familiar with the Europeana portal which we used to search for the information. Did you know that Henri Becquerel received the Nobel Prize for studying fluorescence, phosphorus, magnetism and polarization of light? We discovered amazing things about some of the Nobel Prize winners that we had had no idea about before.

Looking for information on the Europeana portal

The project gave us hope that scientists can be awarded for their amazing, world-changing inventions and discoveries. The awards serve as proof that science is the future and it can improve the whole world.

One example of our work

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