International Day of Mathematics with robotics and coding

International Maths Day
Robots are the future! Some Katlehong learners are learning programming languages as they dream of mathematics for a better world.

Whether you call it Pi Day or International Day of Mathematics, maths fundis around the world let their hair down in celebration. In the third month, on the fourteenth day, and at the fifteenth hour the numbers align as 3.1415!

Some folk celebrate quite literally, by eating “pies”. Pi (as represented by the lower-case Greek letter π) is one of the most well-known mathematical constants. It is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter – hence the choice of a nice round pie. Those with a tooth for maths can dig right in! Here in South Africa, the JumpStart Robotics & Coding team examines instead the circular wheel of a robot used to teach a love of mathematics.

From Pi Day to International Day of Mathematics

Back in 1988 the American physicist, Larry Shaw, organised a celebratory event at the San Francisco Exploratorium on this day, which also happens to be Albert Einstein’s birthday! Much later, Unesco formalised the day of observance at their 40th General Conference in 2019. English, Spanish and French mathematicians shared their love of the topic on behalf of the International Maths Union. President of Freie Universität Berlin, Prof. Günter M. Ziegler,  welcomed people from around the world online:

We are committed to mathematics for a better world

JumpStart currently benefits 22 000 primary school learners in under-resourced no-fee schools. They learn foundational mathematics on our programme via paper and digital based interventions. Additionally, we teach early grade robotics and coding that places children on the road to success in science, maths, technology and engineering (STEM). This supports and enables throughput to higher grade learning and entry into software engineering careers.

On TV in South Africa – Daniella Lekgau and Pule Morobi

This March JumpStart’s Robotics and Coding programme had a fabulous half hour of glory on Love World SAT‘s youth programme, “Crushin’ the Pressure”. Keitumetse Thswabi hosts this terrific conversation with tutor, Pule Morobi, and Programme Manager, Daniella Lekgau. They spoke of how robotics and coding contributes to “mathematics for a better world”. Lastly, 11-year-old Enzokuhle Ngcaku shared his career dreams.

Follow the discussion with Daniella Lekgau and Pule Morobi via our twitter feed: @JumpStart_SA:

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