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## Math Fairs – Thinking is Fun

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**Math Fairs – Thinking is Fun**Robert Geretschläger Makos 2005 Čejkovice, Czech Republic October 7th, 2005**What is a SNAP Math Fair?**Student-centered Non-competitive All-inclusive Problem-based**Math Fairs**students choose a mathematical problem (puzzle) find the solution prepare a presentation lead visitors toward finding a solution themselves explain the solution**Why hold a Math Fair?**Math Fairs accessible and interesting students lose their fear of mathematics and gain confidence students on the same level as teachers raises general problem solving skills**What makes a good problem?**Math Fairs easily presentable participants can find and completely understandsolution feel comfortable explaining it to others**Math Fairs**Evaluation idea of the work the student has done express students’ learning progress in terms of grades feedback from the other students/teachers/parents offers opportunity for honest self-evaluation**Math Fairs**Some of my favourite puzzles Sliding Block Puzzles**Math Fairs**Polyhedral Dissections**Math Fairs**Paper Folding Problems 10 folds**Math Fairs**robert.geretschlaeger@brgkepler.at http://geretschlaeger.brgkepler.at Thank you for listening.