2. After School Programs, Summer Camps and Science Festivals

After school programs and summer camps help children to learn by playing. They meet new friends and within group the teamwork spirit is developed. They improve their spatial skills, self-confidence, power of argumentation, problem solving and problem posing abilities.

The initial activities of these type are described in the research paper:
An educational resource for spatial intuition

The paper investigates the use of a 3D modular paper game within educational programs. The experiment involved students in grades 5 to 9, engaged in a guided play workshop, during a summer camp, in 2012, Romania. We report the conclusions on the use of this educational resource regarding its effectiveness in enhancing creativity and spatial intuition.

According to Research Gate, this paper has 253 reads as of April 2019.

In February 2017, twenty-five sixth grade students (age: 10 – 12 years old) from an American middle school situated in north-eastern part of the United States, participated in a 4-days math camp where they experienced the challenges of the activities developed by XColony. The learning goals of the camp were to engage students in mathematical practices such as: make sense of problems and persevere in solving them, reason abstractly and quantitatively, construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others, model with mathematics, use appropriate tools strategically, and attend to precision (CCSS-M, 2011).

The camp activities started with an analysis of the 2-dimensional elementary shapes (Hi3, Hc3, Hs4, Hi4, Hc4, Hy4, Hs5, Hi5, Hc4, Hy5). The whole group discussed the geometric properties of the 2D surfaces obtained by folding and connecting two or more sides of the shapes and then built “jellyfish”, “sea anemones”, the game “Jumps”, “space diver”, and the fractal “Sierpinski pyramid”. While constructing the objects, students learned about using symmetry and counting strategies to check every step of their construction.

If we measure the success of the camp by the number of students’ requests to continue the camp and to work more activities designed by X–Colony, then we can proudly say that it was totally successful.

Common Core State Standards Initiative. (2010). Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM). Washington, DC: National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers.