Impressum see below Project-No. 2108-1-DE02-KA202-005080
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission through Erasmus+ program.
This publication reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
Maths for Minis
Over 3.500 (three thousand five hundred) children, teachers, educators, parents and grandparents visited our exhibitions in North Macedonia (Skopje and Bitola), Italy (Tolmezzo), Spain (Granada) and Germany (Bueckeburg)
The project originally ran for 24 months (01-10-2018 to 30-09-2020). Due to the travel and contact restrictions because of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have decided to apply for a project extension until March 31, 2021.
We had the hope that by this time unrestricted meeting and travel activities would be possible again, as our project is based on the direct interaction of the children and the adults involved. Unfortunately that was not the case. Nevertheless, we are more than satisfied that we managed to welcome so many people to our exhibitions.
It is regrettable, however, that a planned closing event with many hundreds of educators from all over Europe could not take place for the reasons mentioned above. The occasion would have been the official handover of our exhibition to the University of Göttingen, which will be presented there as a permanent exhibition in the future.The handover took place on February 16, 2021 – unfortunately closed to the public.
But we could make sure that the project can prove its sustainability and that the exhibits will inspire the public for decades in the future.
We have decided to create in addition a detailed project documentation, because our dissemination activities originally aimed at direct contact with educational professionals and children.
You can download:
A Short Introduction (video)>here<
Some Exhibits in Detail (video) >here<
Description of the Exhibits >here<
Questions to the creator of the exhibits >here<
Recommendations for Educators >here<
Empfehlungen für Pädagogen >here<
Препораки за воспитувачи >here<
Recomendaciones para educadores >here<
Raccomandazioni per gli educatori >here<
The products of this project are released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
What was the Goal of the Project?
The potential of younger children to access mathematical phenomena is not adequately promoted in most European countries and has no priority in early childhood education. This has consequences: in an important phase of their educational socialization, children get only few experiences to engage in mathematical phenomena with enthusiasm and everyday orientation.
Four countries, six partners. We want to face this problem.
The traveling exhibition „Maths for Minis“ from the Mathematikum in Giessen – Germany, is a collection of exhibits for children aged four to eight years. 15 „play stations“ allow a new positive approach to mathematics because children can independently make their own mathematical experiences. Genuine understanding arises from the fact that children actively build up knowledge, that is, „construct“.
In this project, funded by the ERASMUS + program, the traveling exhibition was tested in various European countries with focus on special target groups.
EU PROJECT AND TRAVELLING EXHIBITION
Genuine understanding does not work because learners passively absorb knowledge, but by actively building knowledge, that is, constructing.
They can discover forms, numbers, patterns and learn to distinguish shapes: round and square, those with few corners and those with many, even and spa-tial. Patterns are created by putting together shapes in a way that fits them perfectly. Numbers can be used to describe shapes and patterns. They can distinguish triangles from squares and name them. This elementary approach to mathematics opens their eyes. They learn to see, learn to distinguish and to perceive. If they have mathematical shapes and patterns in mind, they can see more of the world.
The exhibits, adapted to the age of the children, encourage children’s attention to engage as quickly and directly as possible with the mathematical phenomenon. The success of the constructive acquisition of knowledge is expressed in the high communication needs of the children among each other.
The exhibited exhibits can be found on the net at www.ibe-goettingen.de
Press Reports – Some Examples
Leaflet in Macedonian Language
Question-naire for Exhibitions
|Partner||Place of Exhibition||Date||Place of Transnational Meeting||Date
|LLC Macodonia||Skopje||February 11th - |
February 22nd 2019
|Sumnal Macedonia||Bitola||February 25th - |
March 8th 2019
|LLC /Sumnal Macedonia||Skopje + Bitola||April 10th –
April 11th 2019
|Cramars Italy||Region of Friaul||May 6th -|
Mai 24th 2019
|Cramars Italy||Tolmezzo||June 4th -
June 5th 2019
|FDO Spain||Region of Granada||October 14th – |
October 25th 2019
|FDO Spain||Granada||November 12th –
November 13th 2019
|BBS Rinteln Germany||Rinteln||January 7th – |
January 18th 2020
|BBS Rinteln Germany||Rinteln||??? March 2020|
|Place of Final Meeting|
|IBE Goettingen||Goettingen or Giessen||??? June 2020 or later|
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