### ACT Math Club

#### Disclaimer

- The club is not a substitute to classroom learning
- The club is not a coaching institute for any examination

#### Objectives

- To alleviate fear of Math from young minds
- To make learning Math a fun activity

#### Target Group

- Any Math enthusiast, with focus on
- Students of age group 10-15
- Senior Citizens interested in solving math puzzles

#### 2-Tier

- Online Portal giving access to any math enthusiast
- Physical math clubs in schools, colleges and communities

#### Participants

- Contributors of lessons and puzzles
- Students
- Math interested senior citizens
- Physical club coordinators
- Content editors
- Evangelists and enlisters
- Associate voluntary organizations

#### Roles and Activities

*Contributors *

- Anyone with keen interest in assisting students to learn math as fun and not as a burden can be contributor – students, teachers, professors, housewives, retired seniors – no bar on age, gender, occupation.
- A contributor can contribute lessons or puzzles or any other interesting material in math.

*Lessons*

- A lesson can be of any topic in maths like algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus.
- The topic may even be an application of maths in physics (like velocity, acceleration, force), finance (like compounding, present value, internal rate of return).
- Each lesson can be of any grade – from 5 to 12

A lesson can be a brief text about a concept like fractions, negative numbers. The text should be preferably in a lucid style, easy to understand with interesting examples. The length of the text may be kept minimum – say, 2 pages, including illustrations.

A lesson can also be a small video giving visual explanation to some complex phenomenon like atomic structure, planetary orbits, nervous system. A video may be not more than 3 minutes. While contributing a lesson the contributor may indicate the topic and grade. If contribution is a series, necessary numbering may be taken care of.

*Puzzles*

- The best way to learn math is by solving puzzles.
- Contributors may create their own puzzles or adapt from existing puzzles, with necessary modifications.
- Contributors may also give solutions to the puzzles and try to explain not only how to solve the puzzles but the concepts that can be learnt while solving.
- Puzzles need not be associated with any topic. However, it would be useful to tag a difficulty level like 1 to 5 (from easiest to toughest)

*Students*

- Students to register and get the best benefit of lessons and puzzles.
- They can participate in discussion forums.
- They can also be contributors, if they are found to be good.

*Senior Citizens*

- Lots of puzzles to solve to keep you mentally active along with other math enthusiasts.

*Physical club coordinators*

A coordinator can form a club in a school or a college or a housing community, with about 10-12 active participants. The participants of the physical club would have access to the online math club portal. The coordinator can organize lectures, quizzes, competitions etc. in the physical clubs and update details on the portal. Depending on the purpose and need, ACT may provide some token fund for organizing a program and distribution of prizes.

*Content editors*

Content editors play the role of moderating content getting posted on the portal. Before any material is posted on the portal, it needs to be approved by the content editor. The basic principles for vetting any material are

- Material should be relevant to math club
- No offensive material can be approved

*Evangelists and enlisters*

The strength of a club is the number of enthusiastic students. It is expected evangelists enhance the awareness among larger sections of public about the club and its utility. As far as enlisters are concerned, they can motivate young students or senior citizens to enroll as members.

*Associate voluntary organizations*

ACT science center has been founded in association with Kriya, a reputed voluntary organization. It is felt that it would be extremely helpful to have such active association with voluntary organizations in reaching math education to students. The actual modalities of association can be discussed with interested voluntary organization.