By Sharmin Taj
When we were students, Mathematics was something we had all feared at one point in time. We can recall the countless formulas, shapes and equations that we had to remember, all to solve a question on how many apples a boy had.
“Practice makes perfect!” our teachers would say, while handing out a stack of practice papers for homework. We would count down to the days when we would stop learning Mathematics formally. I’m sure this thought has passed our minds at least once!
As we grow older, we watch something that we once feared in school, form amazing things that we now start to appreciate. One thing we didn’t realise then is how mathematics shapes everything around us – how if we only took a closer look, we would be able to find beautiful mathematical masterpieces in nature. We use Mathematics everyday- from our finances to designing our homes and even our haircuts!
Now our younger ones embark on their school journeys and develop the same fear we once had. Ironically, we tell them it is silly and to get past it by practicing more.
However, this can change – by introducing the younger ones to the beauty of Mathematics early and showing them how fun it can be! This is where the Festival of Numbers at Science Centre Singapore can help!
This festival, filled with gallery activities, talks and workshops, will display Mathematics in a fun, enriching way for the young ones- maybe even for the adults, whom still have the slightest fear of mathematics buried deep within.
It’s time for us to conquer this fear of Mathematics!
The Festival of Numbers will be held in Science Centre Singapore from 11-19 March to celebrate and learn about some special numbers! Keep your hands busy with our hands-on activities and crack your brains with our memory game and puzzle challenges. Complete the gallery hunt to redeem a special token!* *While stocks last. Terms and conditions apply.
On that note and being International Women’s Day (IWD) 2017, we celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women around the world, remembering Maryam Mirzakhani who became the first woman on 13 Aug 2014 to be honoured by the International Congress of Mathematicians, with the Fields Medal (Nobel Prize for Mathematics) for “her outstanding contributions to the dynamics and geometry of Riemann surfaces and their moduli spaces.”
Enjoy the video teaser of Pi Day which is fast approaching and part of our Festival of Numbers!