The first scientific academic research in Poland using learning modules opened on Tuesday at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan. There, current and future teachers will learn how to teach children math and programming through games.
“Mathematics is not a formula; mathematics is a way of thinking. Ordered, deductive thinking is consistent, arranged in logical order-emphasized by the professor on Tuesday. Dr. Hab. Lego®Education Innovation Studio on Tuesday in Adam, Poznan Jerzy Kaczorowski, head of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Adam Mickiewicz University, is established.
He also pointed out that learning through games is a very good way to reach young people.
Dr. Edyta Juskowiak from the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science at Adam Mickiewicz University pointed out that today, children in the first grade of elementary school learn all levels of programming.
“Therefore, we will prepare teachers who are not yet able to use such tools. We will improve the skills of teachers who already have this ability. We will also prepare future mathematics and computer science teachers to use these tools”- Juskowiak announced.
Starting from the new school year, 50 students majoring in mathematics and computer science will participate in Lego brick courses. Juskowiak emphasized that this is “the only teaching area of this kind in Poland.”
The scholar explained that programmable modules can be connected to familiar Lego bricks. Therefore, children can build robots or devices that can perform specific activities. “They have to program, so we need mathematics, computer science and programming languages”-Juskowiak explained.
Barbara Borkowicz, a PhD student in the School of Mathematics and Computer Science at AMU, explained that depending on age and progress, students can write blocks on a tablet, cube or computer.
For the youngest students, use the block system visible on the tablet screen. “Each block is responsible for different things, actions, appearance, the robot moves forward, backward, at what speed, whether to speak, etc. Create a sequence” -Borkowicz said.
With the help of Lego bricks, there are similar academic training centers in mathematics and computer science teaching, including: in Vienna and Dublin.
PAP-Polish Science, Szymon Kiepel