"Mathematical Fermi Questions in the face of global problems in our contemporary world “  
Started at 15.10.2008
Istituto Paritario "E. Fermi" di Castellanza

Castellanza (VA), Italy
V Liceum Ogólnokształcące im. Roberta Schumana w Sosnowcu

Sosnowiec, Poland
Short description
This project encourages students to experience learning about global problems in our world through constructions and solutions mathematical "Fermi Questions".To seek out new knowledge, we must cultivate the curiosity to pursue new phenomena and the courage to explore the unknown by analyzing and assimilating new information. One good way to maintain curiosity is to ask questions. A good educational system not only permits but actively encourages students to ask questions – even unusual questions – and not to settle for preconceived ideas and handed –down answers. The Complete Collection of Fermi Questions emphasis the building of critical thinking skills with respect to estimation in science. Using different mathematical tools, working on mathematical exercises concerned with “Fermi Questions’ we can give our students and pupils possibilities and occasions not only to improve their mathematical skills but also to get to know more about global problems in our contemporary World. We teach them ability to look for suitable statistical data, select suitable information.We hope that this action will enable students to learn more about global issues such as children’s rights, climate change and fair trade, undertake a “global challenge”, to use energy and water more efficiently, become part of the solution to some of the world’s biggest challenges, create innovative and effective ways of linking their learning to responsible action, investigate what we can do to help and act to create a better world for people and the planet.

Title : "A WINDOW TO AFRICA - Mathematical Fermi Questions in the face of global problems in our contemporary world "
Subject clusters:Citizenship,Environmental Education,Home economics,Informatics / ICT,Mathematics / Geometry,Media Education
Age of students: 15 - 18
Aims: 1.Developing mathematical thinking and problem-solving skills. 2.Offering challenging and engaging activities 3.Using and developing modern information and communication technologies (ICT) 4. Improving the ICT tools and English language. 5.Showing students how to recognize the changes taking place in nature, urban life , as well as in every day life. 6.Exploring how small changes in their day-to-day running could help reduce global poverty. 7.Supporting teachers to integrate global issues into the classroom. 8.Undertaking a ‘global challenge’, for example to support fair trade or to use energy and water more efficiently 9.Making connections between what students study and the impact their school has on people and environments locally and globally
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