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How I learned to solve Complex Problems in Maths?

Respected ma’am,
I want to thank School of Scholars, Wanadongri for providing me with the opportunity to do a Math project on encoding using matrices & determinants, applications of matrices and determinants in economics.

It was a new experience for me. My knowledge on this subject were only limited to the textual questions until now. But that project gave me an opportunity to explore the real-life applications of the topics.

matrices in mathematics

matrices in mathematics

Firstly, I researched the applications of matrices in economics and found out that they had such a significant role in solving complex problems and helped in better analysis of the statistics.

Matrices application in problem solving

Matrices application in problem solving

Then I started learning the encoding and decoding of messages through matrices and determinants. It was not only a fun but also it made me aware of its importance in the intelligence bureau. The project helped me a lot to understand the concept well. It strengthened my knowledge.

It also made me surf outside the textbook. It was a fun experience for me. I am looking forward to work on such projects in the future as well.

Yours sincerely,
Vani Kaushik

Vani Kaushik

How to help your child prepare for a field trip

Field trips or excursions play an important role in a child. Field trips make the child aware of his surroundings, give the child outer knowledge, and make them understand the difference between right and wrong. Above all, it brings a change in the daily routine of the child which makes him more energetic and lively.

Here are a few tips to help the child prepare for a field trip.

  • Get basic information before going

For both parents and children, it is important to know the purpose of the trip and all the other details associated with it. Parents should be informed about everything from the day of departure to the day of arrival and what activities will be conducted with the students during the trip.

  • Get prepared on the previous night

Arrange all the necessary things the night before the trip to avoid the last-minute chaos. Pack everything that is required for the trip. Pay attention to essential things like money, medicines (if required), documents (if asked to carry with the child). Make sure the child knows where they are kept in the bag.

Besides, select the next day’s clothes, iron them, and keep them in the right place. If some light, simple meals are required, then keep them ready in airtight containers.

  • Choose the appropriate clothes

Choose the right clothes depending on the weather, place, and activities of the child. Prefer to give comfortable clothes to the child and avoid unnecessary fillings in the bag, which will make the bag too heavy and difficult for the child to carry. For hot and humid weather, select light coloured cotton clothes.

If it is monsoon, provide an umbrella or a raincoat. An additional set of clothes is very important to keep in case the child gets wet or the clothes become too dirty.

  • Talk to your child

Make the child prepare for the upcoming trip by talking to him, by teaching him some necessary and practical skills and life lessons. Teach him how they should behave in public places, whom to avoid, and how to choose friendly people. Guide them on what they should do if they feel anxious at certain times or feel nauseous or face any other problems. Teach them that they should report to their teachers if they face something unusual.

  • Ensure your child is all set to go

To ensure everything goes smoothly, a good nights sleep is very essential. It will help him to ease out the tension, make him relaxed. A good nights sleep helps the child become energetic and fresh the next morning. Wake up your child well in advance, to complete the routine tasks of having breakfast, bathing, and other things to reach the school on time. Go through the checklist for the last time to make sure nothing is left out.

  • Instruct your child to take notes

Discuss with your child the importance of taking notes during the field trip. Field trips don’t happen every day, so jotting down notes is very important. It is an important part of learning during field trips.

Provide a notepad, and a pen separately in his bag so that he can use them whenever required. This will help him to retain more information and ingrain knowledge in his mind. Taking photographs also keeps the memories fresh in mind, which can help in later use.

  • Take Precautions

It is necessary to stay equipped with all the necessary precautions. Following the safety rules can help him whenever needed. If your child is allergic to something, inform the teacher well in advance before the trip. Also, teach your child how to avoid contact with the allergen and how to control it if he becomes allergic in case.
If your child feels scared or becomes nervous in certain situations or incidents, inform the teacher about this as well. Also, you may inform this to some of the child’s friends. They may help him out. Inform the child thoroughly if he requires any medication at any particular time of the day. Inform the teachers about the same.

  • Prepare a safety kit

Prepare a safety kit with all the necessary first aid tools including an antiseptic, bandage for minor cuts or bruises. Include some mosquito repellents as well.

  • Give the required amount of cash

Give cash as much as is required for the number of days allotted for the trip. Excess cash can lead to wastage and mismanagement of money, while insufficient cash can lead him to trouble.

  • Provide detailed contact information.

Furnish full contact details to the teacher-in-charge before the trip. Mention clearly where and whom to contact if required. Also, make the child learn and memorize it well before leaving for the trip. Your child should know his home address, telephone number, and other important information by heart.

Empowering today…for tomorrows challenge

The National Education Policy 2020 gives a lot of emphasis on coding and 21st century skills. In this world of digital revolution, coding plays a major role in developing skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, and collaborative working. Teaching coding at a very young age empowers students in understanding a problem, designing solution, and expressing it.

The myth that coding is programming has always led to the belief that coding takes place only in computer science subject. Are you aware that sequencing, which is one of the coding concepts used in programming can also be applied across various subjects?

Just, like how the sequence in a set of code instructs a computer to follow the steps and order, in the same way it can also be used in solving math problems and developing plotlines in story-writing as it also follows a specific order of events/ steps.   

If students are creating their own game or story, or solving puzzles, learning to code helps them build and improve their problem-solving, logical thinking and critical thinking skills.  

Coding without computers paves the way in enhancing computational thinking skills, which involves splitting larger tasks into a logical sequence of smaller steps, diagnosing errors and coming up with new approaches. Computational thinking is seen as a skill set that every student needs to develop and is related with a number of other 21st century competencies.  

It is amazing how the management had envisioned the importance of coding and introduced Computational Thinking activities across all School of Scholars by integrating it in Maths and IT curriculum. What started as a pilot project in 2017 has now become an integral part of our curriculum. We are one of the pioneer schools across Vidarbha to integrate computational thinking in Mathematics.

However, the activities of computational thinking have been taken forward across subjects where algorithm for safe flight, withdraw money from bank, agricultural practices and many more were done by students. The most favourite activity not only for students but also for teachers is ‘Guess my birth date’ which is conducted even during teachers training programmes.  Another game which the students enjoy the most is tic-tac-toe which they play not only during their free times but also in the playground using disc.  

The 21st Century Skills envisaged by CBSE mentions “prepare students for jobs that have not yet been created, technologies that have not yet been invented and problems that we don’t yet know will arise..” , and we at School of Scholars are committed to prepare our students to have strong fundamentals, which helps them to cope with any technological advancements and/or problems faced in life.