Students presentations in Lycée Arago (Perpignan, France)

M&L students from Lycée Arago presented the project, their workshop, international twinning and mathematical research to the other pupils and teachers of their school in the afternoon of the Friday, 25th of May (you can download the programme at the end of the article).

More than a dissemination activity, surely the best way to recruit students for next year!


Lycée d’Altitude and CN Emil Racoviţă students participated in the Math Research Forum (Cluj-Napoca, 18th of May)

Students from Lycée d’Altitude (Briançon, France) and Colegiul Naţional Emil Racoviţă (Cluj-Napoca, Romania) presented jointly their research activities during the Math Research Forum of Cluj-Napoca on the 18th of May. They were meeting for the third time this year, setting a nice collaboration example to the others M&L workshops to follow.

During this 3-days meeting, students from this twinning had the opportunity to go further in their research collaboration particularly writing together their publications.

Finally, the Briançon delegation was given a guided tour of the very nice city of Cluj-Napoca in English language. This M&L project is definitively much more than doing only Mathematics in a foreign language!



Arago students participated in the « Festijeune » day in Montpellier

The Argago M&L workshop participated in the « Festijeune » day, organized by the Occitanie Pyrénées Méditerranée Region and held on the 17th of May in the Montpellier Exhibition hall. These students are definitively first-class ambassadors for our project!

13 M&L pupils of this workshop had the opportunity there to present the M&L project, accompanied by  their teacher Marie Diumenge and 37 supporters from their school. They first introduced the project via a 10 minutes oral presentation in the international openness area and then participated to a debate on the interests of such an international experience and the issues that must be faced to make it successful. They discussed there with young people that spent between 2 weeks and 5 months in Barcelone, Cameroon and Chile.

The afternoon was dedicated to the discover of many projects funded by the Region in several areas: sport, culture, music, mémory etc. and then enjoyed a musical entirely built by 300 students and their teachers, a urban dance show and a rap concert.


The M&L project presented during the 3rd Scientix conference 4-6 May 2018

Ariana Vacaretu, teacher at the Colegiul Naţional Emil Racoviţă (Cluj-Napoca), had the opportunity to present the Maths&Languages project during the 3rd Scientix conference 4-6 May 2018 in Brussels. More than 350 teachers, policymakers, researchers and project managers attended her talk. No doubt that it caught their eyes!

Thank you Ariana for this great dissemination work!


Iași M&L pupils participated in the MATh.en.JEANS congress in Chișinău (Moldova)

The last MATh.en.JEANS congress was held in Chișinău (Moldova) on the 12th of May in the library of the Moldovan Academy of Sciences.

This event gathered 70 participants: students, teachers and researchers of 8 workshops from Chişinău (2 teams), Hîncești and Ungheni (Moldavie) and from the nearby Romanian city of Iași (2 teams from Colegiul Naţional and 1 team from Colegiul Naţional „Costache Negruzzi”).

The two teams from Colegiul Naţional (Iaşi) that presented their research work via conferences and posters, like all the other students involved, are part of the M&L project. A great showcase for us!

LTTA (Learning Teaching Training Activities)

CNER M&L students from Cluj-Napoca go up in Altitude

Eight students from Colegiul National Emil Racovita Cluj-Napoca (CNER), accompanied by their teachers (Ariana Vacaretu and Monica Cotul) and their researcher (Lorand Parajdi) were part of the 7-day learning activity organized by Lycée d’Altitude de Briançon (France).

During the week, the students immersed in French Language, French culture, French lessons and universal mathematics.

“On Tuesday, I’ve been in three science lessons. I enjoyed a lot as I did, together with French peers, chemistry experiments. At home, we have few opportunities to do science experiments as the teaching approach is more theoretical”. (Flavia)

“After school, we had a lot of fun with our French hosts. In one evening, we went sleighing – as it was real winter in the French Alps.” (Andrei)

“During the guided tour, we found out a lot of information about Cité Vauban Briançon – a very well preserved medieval city.” (Alexandra)

“After studying the shape of the bells from the Briançon’s Collégiale (church) for almost one school year I was really happy to see them in reality.” (Vlad)

During the first four days of the exchange, Romanian and French students spent some time to finalize both the plenary, and the interactive presentation of their research results. In the last three days, the Romanian students and their French peers participated in the MATh.en.JEANS Lyon Congress. The Congress was a great opportunity for the students to develop interactive communication (about mathematics/ the research work) skills, oral scientific communication (about mathematics/ the research work) skills, and language skills (French and English). During the Congress, the students enjoyed sharing their research work and results and learned a lot of math.

“The best part of the Lyon Congress was Pierre Dehornoy’s presentation Magic Tricks and Graph Theory. It was an inspiring presentation – I’ve learned a lot from both the content of the presentation, and its delivery.” (Dragos)

Both the preparation of the presentations, and the presentations themselves gave opportunity to each student to raise awareness of the achieved results (by himself, by his group or the twin group) and to reorganise the new knowledge related to both the content and the process of the research.

“In the Forum, we discussed with a researcher who wanted to learn about our research results. He asked a question which gave us an excellent idea about a geometrical representation we didn’t think about.” (Ioana and Maria)

All in all, the experience was successful and very enjoyable and we all have come home with new things that we have learned or experienced and will stay with us for a long time.

“It was a very beautiful experience. I’m very happy that I had had that experience and I hope that I will have that opportunity again.” (Amos)