The Padova MATh.en.JEANS congress, organized by the Department of Mathematics « Tullio Levi Civita », of the University of Padova, took place from the 27th to the 29th of March 2018. It gathered more than 250 participants; MATh.en.JEANS students, teachers and researchers from France, Italy and Romania.
Among them, 4 M&L workshops: Liceo Curiel (Padova), Lycée Vaclav Havel (Bègles), Colegiul Naţional Emil Racoviţă (Cluj-Napoca) and Lycée d’Altitude (Briançon).
This international congress, entirely held in English, has been a good opportunity for M&L students to present their international collaborative research work and for the teachers and researchers to discuss about the M&L approach. A very effective way to disseminate information about the project!
See you next year in Iaşi for an even greater international congress!
A cancelled flight didn’t prevented them to meet their twinned groupe in Padova!
Students from Lycée Vaclav Havel (Bègles), accompanied by their teachers (Anne-Pascale Lemay, Nadine Castagnos and Cathy Racadot) and and their researcher (Adrien Boussicault) spent 6 days in Padova with their Italian research partners (from Liceo Curiel). The programme, nicely set-up by Mauro Dianin and Luca Fortin (teachers at Liceo Curiel), included M&L joint-research activity, tourism, discovery of Italian lessons, fun and of course a 3-day participation to the Padova MATh.en.JEANS international congress.
You will find here some pictures. More information about this trip will come soon!
8 students and 2 teachers from Lycée Louis Vicat (Souillac) had the privilege to be warmly welcomed one week by their twins of the Lycée Zmichowska (Warsaw) from the 10th to the 16th of February 2018. This was the first official travel totally financed by the M&L Erasmus + project as LTTA meeting (Learning Teaching Training Activities).
After 5 months of intense virtual collaboration on their shared research topics, the pupils from these schools had finally the opportunity to meet physically. And what a meeting! They spent nearly 100% of their time together in tourism activities, M&L research meetings, meals, evening in the host families… They got to know each other very fast.
The core activity of the project, mathematics research, has given satisfactory results in terms of communication, exchanges of skills and methods and results formalisation by the students. All the twinned groups worked more than 6 hours in M&L seminars very seriously and went further on their shared conclusions. Some of them even finalised their presentations dedicated to the congress and started to write their common publications. A very nice way for them to realise how much learning foreign languages is crucial for their lives and professional careers to come!
No doubt that we have seen the birth of a group as it was really difficult to know which student was from Souillac or Warsaw by the end of the week. Apart from the accents of course… The beginning of a rich 3-years adventure!
The M&L students from Lycée Arago (Perpignan, France) presented the M&L Erasmus+ project, their research and their trip to meet their Romanian twins in Buzău (Romania) during their school’s Open House Day on the 10th of February. This event gathered around 200 people, future students and their families.
The LTTA (Learning Teaching Training Activities) meeting between the Briançon and Cluj-Napoca teams is now taking place in the Lycée d’Altitude of Briançon (France). The programme includes M&L research seminars, immersion in French lessons and tourism before a joint travel to the Lyon MATh.en.JEANS Congress (22nd to 24th of March).
According to the latest information available, everything is running smoothly!
They had the opportunity to present their research work to the 2 500 participants of this major mathematical event in southern France. They highlighted three of their research topics: Algorithm of video games, Shape of a church bell, The route of the ants (to discover the other research topics that they investigate, click here).
Dont hesitate to read the press article published in Le Dauphiné (French newspaper):
The 29th MATh.en.JEANS congress organisation is under progress. The teams, comprised of volunteer people, are working very hard!
In 2018, 12 congresses will take place in France and abroad between March and April. They will host every participant of the MATh.en.JEANS workshops around the world; students, teachers and researchers. Maths&Languages teams will present their work in Lyon, Montpellier, Nancy, Berlin and Padova (congress held in English).
« The young and French students we are, got the chance to participate to an exchange program from the first to 8 December along with an incredible and hidden country named Romania.
First, let us define what it is all about. Our high school the « lycée François ARAGO » in Perpignan, South of France, is involved into the project « MATh.en.JEANS » thanks to Miss Diumenge, a maths teacher. Thus, she could create the workshop « Graine de chercheurs* » which is based on working on Maths in another way. This year is quite special because we must make all the research in English and a new teacher joined us, Miss Queru.
Therefore, the journey started when the plane landed in Bucharest. It was the evening, the night even, and we had to find the hostel, feet in cold pools. The next day, a Bucharest visit was planned, and we met the Romanian teachers and some correspondents. Discovering the capital allowed us to share the first moments of friendship, both within the French group (everyone didn’t know the whole group yet) and the Romanian one. For lunch, we ate our first « Sarmales », the famous traditional meal from Romania. Those little mincemeat balls surrounded with cabbage were… Yummy! At the end of the afternoon, the bus took us to Buzau, a little town in Eastern Romania. There, everybody got make acquaintance with their respective correspondents. We spent the first evening with our « loan » family. Sunday, last day before we started working, we shared some ice-skating adventure! That was very funny because we weren’t used to ice-skating compared to Romanian students. Some of us were taught their first lesson!
We spent the rest of the week investigating our Maths topics and discovering a new culture. Despite of the fact the education system is very different; we succeeded in working together bounded by the love of math.
We could participate to an amazing conference by the famous Romanian teacher, Bogdan Enescu. We could present our subject’s advancement at the end of the week, in English! (At least we tried). The 6 December was a great day. Indeed, Romania don’t celebrate Christmas as much as other countries but “Nicolas day”. Certain of us got the surprise to receive some presents in their shoes, another clue which show the families’ kindness. Romanian students reserved us a last surprise with a show, and especially the resume of “Je vole” of Michel Sardou by a young Romanian girl I thought very affecting. The last evening, we shared a last moment together during a party, last smiles, last laughter before to come back in France.
If we want to resume this journey by a quote, « Do not listen to what they say. Go see » is the best one. All of the pupils and teachers who lived this unforgettable journey are longing to go back. People we met will stay in our memories and I hope the relationships tied will go on for a long time. »
The M&L students from Lycée Arago (Perpignan, France) participated in the fête des sciences (sciences festival) organized by Perpignan Via Domitia University on the 13th of October 2017. They had the opportunity to present their research to other students and the general public in a forum.