Experts discuss social aspect of mathematical education
December 25 2017 12:50 AM
Social relevance of mathematical education highlighted at the event.

The Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (Agya) and Texas A&M University at Qatar (Tamuq) organised an international panel discussion on ‘Mathematics and Internationalisation: Innovative Approaches in Research and Education’ recently as part of the Qatar-Germany 2017 Year of Culture,
Agya wants to raise awareness on the social relevance of mathematical education as well as student-centred activities and innovative learning environments.
Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences president Professor Dr Martin Grotschel’s ‘Mathematics as a Driving Force of Social Development’ presentation showed how – especially over the last 50 years – mathematics has contributed significantly to competitiveness of countries as it made production and business more efficient, profitable and safer.
Grotschel’s examples ranged from computer aided optimisation of telecommunication networks, the optimisation of traffic and transport systems to the optimal control of antennas in hyperthermia cancer treatment planning.
In a panel discussion, high-ranking scholars and experts from Qatar and Germany discussed the social dimensions of mathematical education as well as innovative pedagogical tools for presenting and teaching mathematics around the world.
The topics ranged from mathematics education at local, regional and international level, innovative teaching didactics for different types of learners, cultural and social aspects of mathematics as well as mathematics as an
international language.
During the event, German YouTube star ‘DorFuchs’ (Johann Beurich) showed how math, combined with music, can help memorise mathematical formulas.
He sang and rapped about linear functions and the quadratic formula, which was enthusiastically
received by the audience.
More than 300 students applied to take part in the event, which was part of the Agya Math Olympiad Camp, held in Doha for the second time at Tamuq.

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