New Delhi, July 31, 2015: The 4th Dr. Stya Paul Memorial Mathematics Quest was hosted by Apeejay School, Saket on July 30th and 31st in memory of its beloved Founder Chairman, Dr. Stya Paul who was an academician of the highest order & a mathematician extraordinaire. The first day event witnessed an over-zealous participation by 22 reputed schools from the Delhi-NCR region. The programme commenced with the lighting of the lamp accompanied by Saraswati Vandana serenaded by the school choir to seek the Almighty’s blessings followed by a pulsating dance presentation invoking Lord Ganesh to remove all hurdles. The School Principal, Mrs. Anita Paul welcomed the chief guest, teachers and participants of various schools and initiated the programme.
Tanuj Dabas from Apeejay School, Saket unravelled the fascinating evolution of zero through an enlightening presentation titled ‘The Story of Zero: From Nothing to Everything’. The chief guest, Dr. Gauhar Raza, eminent scientist and professor at the National Institute of Science and Technology addressed the students.
The six innovative competitions, namely – Exploring Shapes, Pattern-o-Metry, Mathematics Relay, Mathematics Model-Making, a Mathematics Quiz and a Symposium received an enthusiastic response from the participating schools wherein students from classes II to XII took an active part and demonstrated their mathematical skill and prowess. The rolling trophy for the event went to Amity International School, Gurgaon.
The event culminated on the second day where teachers from 19 schools participated in a workshop which dealt with ‘Teaching of Mathematics at the Elementary Level’. Resource persons, Dr. A.K. Rajput and Dr. Dharam Prakash, both eminent mathematicians from N.C.E.R.T. and experts in Mathematics Education stressed on Mathematical Thinking to be developed from the Kindergarten stage itself, instead of focusing on algorithm to solve problems. They also emphasised on ‘why’ to use a particular algorithm to solve a problem and to encourage students to develop their own algorithms.