Initially the non-profit-making association Entr’aideIn September 2003, a team of teachers passionate about learning maths decided to support students with difficulties in the Mons region. “Mathematics can quickly be a source of difficulty and misunderstanding. We decided to fight against this admission of failure in our own way by mobilising teachers so they can provide learning support”, explains Emmanuel Houdart, Director of the non-profit-making association Entr’Aide. 12 years later, thousands of students have benefited from this support to find the key and overcome stumbling blocks. “The transmission of learning is often complex. We customise our workshops and teaching files over time, drawing inspiration from feedback shared with students.” But how does the House of Mathematics come into all this?
Why a house of mathematics?
It is the logical continuation of Entr’Aide’s actions. It offers a place for classes, groups and families to discover the world of maths in a fun way. “We wanted to continue our commitment to this discipline by showing it in a new light. Maths is tangible, it’s with us in everyday life. It’s this desire to present it in a fun light that’s inspired us”. Very quickly, the idea emerged of a place that would allow mathematical experiments to be experienced, discovered and modelled. In Germany there’s a Mathematikum, so why not have a House of Mathematics in Quaregnon? It took two years of reflection, networking and project support before the official opening on 27 September 2015. A full day, during which more than 700 curious onlookers (re)discovered maths... through games!
Worlds for children and adults
If you’re from 3 to 103, you’ll undoubtedly have a very good time! The one condition is: be ready to play to test, see and discover maths differently. Every age has its space. Kif Kif le Calife welcomes smaller children to his palace to bring them face to face with the world of quantities. On the menu: assessing its size and its mass, and classifying and touching the stars before meeting le Calife! In the brainstorming space, the older ones can handle things to build a bridge in the style of Leonardo da Vinci. You’ll be fascinated by the famous Pythagorean theorem broken down as an object to be weighed! It’s astonishing to illustrate the famous equation in form and in weight! The “Why?” space reveals the power of maths and its history. You’ll be amazed to discover that mathematical sequences are in nature, from Fibonacci’s to the golden ratio. Open all year for groups (by reservation), the House of Maths is open to individuals intermittently for the moment, on specific dates. Next major event for families: 13 March, during Pi-day.