I was splashing through the puddles in the pouring rain in one of the big shopping streets of Belgrade. Somehow, the biggest rainfall of the century had decided to pay Serbia a visit while I was there. That’s not even an exaggeration; ask the news guy.
One of the shop windows caught my eye. People were playing inside with soap bubbles. It looked like an exhibition. I knew I just had to go inside.
Inside was an entire exhibition dedicated to May, Month of Mathematics. The best thing about it: they somehow managed to visualize some very complex concepts in the simplest way. Even a kid was able to understand it. I value that. Anybody can talk about complex theories, but are you able to explain it to your 6-year-old cousin? I believe one of the attributes of a good teacher is this ability.
I delighted in the interactive statistics, the wheel of Pythagoras (where liquid showed his formula in action), how straight lines visually seem to transform into curved lines and the numbers (coloured in by visitors) that were continuing to define Pi. But what I loved most of all, were the bubbles. There is little to compete with that. If you wan to see me inside of a giant soap bubble, check out the video (if you’re reading this by email, click here).
The exhibition was the perfect example of what I believe learning should look like. Learning can be fun, colourful, interactive, hands-on, creative and playful. I don’t even understand how schools can make it into something different.
Tell me, what was one of your most fun learning experiences?