The participating students will be between 14 and 16 years old. Nevertheless, there will be activities in which all the students of the school could take part. Moreover, most activities will be worked on by all the students of the groups involved. Many subjects will be included in the project such as Math, English, Economics, Computer Sciences, Music, Technology, Arts, Philosophy, Geography and History, etc.
Five schools will take part in the project. All partners have previous experience in KA219 or KA229 projectsand we are all located next to places that have been declared universal heritage by UNESCO. Schools are:
1.- Riga Secondary School No 25.Riga, Latvia.
2.- IIS Enrico Fermi. Montesarchio, Italy.
3.- 1º h Lykeio Iliou. Ilion, Athens, Greece.
4.- Galatasaray Lisesi. Istanbul, Turkey
5.- IES Trassierra. Córdoba, Spain
eTwinning platform is an important tool in the development of this project. In the first stages, it has been useful to look for partners, find inspiration and coordination between partners. During the project implementation we will use it for dissemination of the project thanks to the project journal and the web pages and for evaluation.
Threre will be six mobilities:
1.- Training workshops, team building and fine-tuning. In this mobility no students will take part. The main objectives will be: choose the logo, design a test that measures the mathematical anxiety, exchange of experiences of good practice, plan in detail the next mobilities and create a good atmosphere among the members of the Steering Committee team.
2.- Maths and Finance. Students will become familiar with tools that are used to make decisions in economics and finance. They must learn about the stock exchange and what the Euro Stoxx 50 index is.They will manage a fictitious “investment fund” with a certain initial capital and eachteam will create a presentation with“profit and loss” balance of its activity. They will also visit the Riga Stock Exchange and there will be workshops about financial Maths.
3.- Maths in the streets. We will do a gymkhana, a competition in which the participants have to solve problems and questions around the town. Then, each school will design a gymkhana in their towns. Moreover, there will be a photo contest about mathmetical concepts.
4.- Maths and Music. Students will study the relationships between maths and music, they will build Pythagorean monochords and they will practice pieces of music that showmathematical characteristics. They students will design posters about classic Mathematicians-Philosophers.
5.- Math festival. Theaim is to stimulate interest in maths by displaying different parts of mathematics (geometry, cryptography, topology, statistics, logic, etc) with hands-on games and materials. Participants have to face the challenges guided by students and maths teachers.
6-. Evaluation and proposals. Only teachers will take part in this mobility in order to evaluate the project and prepare all the dissemination activities.
In each mobility, the local students will guide the rest of the participants in a visit to their towns based on a cultural-mathematical guide created during the project. Teachers will have work meetings, and will visiteach school by job shadowing activities and cultural activities related to the contents of the project: mathematics, cultural heritage, etc.
The main results will be: the creation of a blog about the project, a website with the project contents, an album and video about the meetings, a Maths-Cultural guide about each school environment, posters with biographies of mathematical-philosophers, photo exhibition about maths in our environment, Pythagorean monochords, logical-mathematical games, five mathematics-cultural gymkhanas, tools to measure the mathematical anxiety of students, etc.
The benefits of the project for students and teachers will be many, such as: development of the key competencies, the reduction of “Mathematical Anxiety”, enjoyment of European cultural heritage, autonomy and self-learning ability and digital, social and citizenship skills development.
The school life and community will be improved during the two years the project. The way in which we work, as well as the relationships between students, teachers and families will change because this experience will allow them to learn about different customs, languages and cultures.This project will alsoaid the internationalization of the schools.