How can we understand Math in a fun way using physical spaces in our school?

Meet Rafiq, Sahana, Santosh, Akash (Grade 6th)
Social Innovation Award Winner, ICO 2018-19

Rafiq, Sahana, Santosh and Akash, 11-years old students, realized that a lot of students in their class had difficulty in understanding and retaining the concepts taught in class. One day, during their math class, when their teacher explained to them the concept of solid figures using different objects in the school, they realised that it was so easy to understand the concept by physically seeing it. 

Idea

They started thinking if they could use other physical spaces in  their school building to understand more concepts and help all the students. They began by surveying the physical spaces of their school building like the staircases, classroom doors, walls, etc. to ideate on how they can be used to understand different concepts taught to them in their class. They all came up with several creative ideas and with this, they started their initiative “Building As Learning Aid (BALA)”

This method significantly improved our understanding of the concept taught. We want to help all of our classmates understand more concepts using this method.

Solution Implemented

Out of all the ideas they had come up with, they selected 10 ideas they wanted to implement in the start. The first concept they picked up was the “concept of angles”. For this, they made a giant protractor on the floor under the classroom door. Every time a student would open the door, they would develop a sense of angles. Second, they converted the staircase into number tables to help younger students understand them better. For this, they measured the dimensions of the stairs, designed the stickers, got them printed, and stuck them on the stairs. Third, to help students develop an understanding of the different units of length, they made a height measuring scale for the wall. Some students also use it to measure their height. They also made and pasted a chart to help students understand the difference between vertical and horizontal.

Impact Created

In a survey conducted with the students, to understand the impact of the initiative, 87% of the students reported that this new method made it easier for them to understand the concepts and retain them.

They now plan to continue their initiative and implement more such such ideas to make learning practical and easy for everyone.

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