On Wednesday, the 25th of October the class 4B visited the „Haus der Mathematik“.
At first three guides showed us some tricks in a room they called “Marktplatz”. The first guide told us a story about Socrates and his slave and we had to find out the answer to the challenge Socrates had asked his slave. Then the second guide showed us a card trick, where by following a set of instructions we found out where he is going to go during the holidays. Then the third guide did a “telepathy” trick, where he found out one student’s father’s age. Each of the tricks had a mathematical explanation which was fun to learn.
We visited the museum where we got to participate in the “mathematische Zeitreise”. We learnt about many facts including the Austrian who invented the carving ski, Pythagoras and the Pythagorean cup, how all Egyptian pyramids have the same angel when they didn’t use any ruler. Afterwards we did multiplication and division using a very old mechanical calculator, which bank workers had used.
We could play to our hearts content in the “Erlebniswelt” — we could do different puzzles, play small thinking games, even build a “Kugelbahn”. I liked the “Erlebniswelt” the best.
Some fun games and challenges were also organized. Kathi and Tanya won themselves a jar of honey and a bar of chocolate. It was the perfect way to spend the last day of school before the Autumn break.
By Lara Haslehner, 4B