Geometry Camp at Merces School

Posted on April 7, 2012 by

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The OLPC program at Our Lady of Merces High School, Merces, Goa, India experienced a minor setback in this academic year 2011 – 2012. However, despite all the uncertainty over the medium of instruction the XO classes did begin In November 2011 albeit irregularly.

Children were eager to show the figures they made in Turtle Art

We were able to organise a Geometry camp on April 2nd and 3rd, 2012 using Turtle Art. Twenty six students from Classes 4 and 5 signed up to attend the 4-hour camp conducted over the 2 days. We started with the ‘easy’ geometric shapes – square and rectangle – before venturing out to the rhombus and the triangle. We got a student to trace steps on the tiled floor based on instructions given by another student and learnt about angles and dimensions. The children then used the same set of instructions in Turtle Art and enjoyed watching the turtle draw their geometric figures.

The seemingly easy triangle turned out to be a challenge, but after understanding about exterior angles and interior angles, they figured out (well, at least older lot did!) why the turtle has to be told to turn 120 degrees (and not 60) at each corner to make an equilateral triangle. Those who finished earlier than the others experimented with putting the command blocks in an iteration, looping it multiple times to come up with interesting patterns and designs.

We hope to have regular camps like this one when the school starts again in the new academic year, hopefully with the controversial ‘Medium of Instruction’ issue sorted out.

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