22 Oct

What a disastrous way to teach math!


Video: Disastrous math

These kids will perhaps grow up so different, their cousins and friends will not recognize them as ‘normal’. Their self esteem and confidence in maths will spill over to how they see teachers, school and education, and they will not understand the misery of others. Most importantly, because laughter is the best medicine, they will be a burden on the healthcare industry by not supporting it.

A bleak picture indeed. So is there anything we can do to avert this ‘disaster’ in the making?

18 Oct

In which business situations would you make use of your knowledge of the Highest Common Factor?

A grade 6 student apply ing HCF during pretended play with 'KitKat' and 'Toblerone' chocolate bars.

A grade 6 student applying HCF during pretended play with ‘KitKat’ and ‘Toblerone’ chocolate bars.

If you don’t know the answer, let me make the frustration even more unbearable: you should have ‘realized’ the answer when you were in grade 6! Did your Maths class feel like you were learning foreign-language-sounding words like HCF and LCM, never actually understanding what these really meant for the rest of your life?

 

You’re not alone. Math was taught to most of us the wrong way: unreal, boring, procedural, facts to be remembered, formulas to be ‘applied’, so-called ‘problems’ to be ‘solved’.

 

The only thing ‘natural’ in all of this was the result: math anxiety, leading to the fear of the teacher, the terror of the exams, and a general escapist attitude towards school and education. Just imagine how much this has affected the self esteem, confidence, careers and lives of millions of people around the world.

 

But did it have to be that way? Certainly NOT! Maths can be and IS fun! Maths was never meant to be ‘learnt’ as a theoretical, conceptual subject. You ‘do’ maths: you enjoy games that involve maths, you discover maths, you develop your thinking skills and build your confidence – until one day you see this paying off in the way you handle your first job interview or your start up’s presentation in front of bankers and investors.

 

This alternative reality is not fiction…what happens today in the schools is going to show up here on LinkedIn one day, perhaps. Is your child enjoying maths?

@Robokids

08 Oct

The First Story – In Which We Rescue Max From Himself

Max has put himself in trouble!

Max has put himself in trouble!

Once upon a time, in a land not far, far away, Max acted naughty and went inside someone’s castle without permission. It turned out that that castle belonged to a wizard – no, not Hogwarts, Ayaan – so what was I saying? Ah yes, the wizard found out what had happened, and got angry at Max. He shouldn’t have, we know, because getting angry never does anyone any good, now does it?

 

Anyway, the wizard cast a spell to make the steps and door disappear, leaving Max locked up in the top room of his castle. Gasp! Now what is Max going to do! How is he ever going to get out?

 

Your challenge: make something so that Max can be rescued. Also, in the sheet given, match each solution to the problem it can solve.

Building the steps

Done? Excellent! You’ve earned the ‘Rescuer’ Badge of Honour from Robokids.But before you leave, please don’t forget to tell the wizard to attend the ‘Forgiveness’ class of the ‘Good Manners’ course at Lahore Grammar School (Paragon city). And we all know what Max should realize: “Don’t do something you’re not supposed to do”. Simple.

Hurray for Engineers!

https://youtube.com/watch?v=P7wDDqxxCuw+

See you next week, kiddos!

tower sheettower celebration

 

08 Oct

3 days Inventors Workshop: make a device, solve a problem

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Saturday, October 8 at 10 AM – 12 PM in UTC+05

Location: 12 CCA, Street 7, Sector DD, Phase 4, DHA, Lahore, Pakistan

Project #1:

3 lessons on Saturdays (part 1: 8/10, part 2: 15/10 and part 3: 22 Oct), 2 hours each. Rs 6000. Ages 10-14.

04 Sep

School Maths Test Preparation Classes

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When: Friday, September 02, 2016 at 4:00 pm
Where: 12 CCA, Street 7, Sector DD, Phase 4, DHA,Lahore, Pakistan

This course has been designed and offered based on customers’ requests. Limited seats available. You can join in any month.