Inter-scientific distance teaching approach: Pandemic: History teaches us… mathematics interprets

On Wednesday 01 April a common distance teaching was realized by the teachers Dr. Papadopoulou Maria, Greek Language and Literature teacher, and Ms. Argyri Panagiota, mathematician (Μ.Sc, M.Ed) in the classes Β2, Β3, Α1, Α3 of Evangeliki Model High School of Smyrna . It dealt with an inter-scientific approach of the issue of the pandemic Covid-19, which is plaguing the global community.

Based on the students’ response and interest in the distance teaching on “Mathematical invasion Covid-19 in the global community” (http://bit.ly/2Wpsgkr), the teachers wished to satisfy the students’ needs and responded by the extension of the issue study, so that the issue of pandemics throughout the centuries is studied and explored from multiple viewpoints.

Due to the current and unpleasant situation that the global community is facing, because of the pandemic Covid-19, it is important to be aware of the history events and sources in order to gain knowledge and information. Thanks to the past we can understand the present and we can draw conclusions on the basis of real data and scientific elements, which we compare and process, with the help of mathematical tools of statistics and mathematical modelling.

More precisely, the innovative teaching approach takes into consideration the diachronic framework of the global community’s pandemics, starting from Antonio’s plague ( 165 A.D.) and with a special mention in the Plague of Athens of the 5th century. The students process and analyse historical sources and texts, study maps and choose to process arithmetic data to find which are the mathematical models that combine elements of the past and the present and can be used to predict the spread of the diseases.

Basic research questions:

  • Applying the mathematical modelling, which is analyzed in the academic bibliography, on data concerning ancient Athens, can we see how they could slow down or stop the spread of the disease?
  • The other way round, with the use of mathematical tools can we adapt the situations described in the historical source to the real situations that Greece is experiencing due to Covid-19?

The teachers involved support innovation in education and mainly address the students’ interests. Even by distance they all come close for the common study of the global issue. Humanities and Sciences have a common goal: To explain and justify the importance of the preventive measures!

The teaching material and the students’ work in the Greek language:

https://eclass.sch.gr/courses/EL526188/

Citizens in the sustainable society of the future

With our school participation in the Open Schools for Open Societies European project, supervised by the mathematician Ms. Argyri Panagiota, the A3 class students actively participated in the realization of the project entitled “Generation Z Global Citizen fighting for the future (Citi. Gen Z+).

Air pollution, water shortage and water pollution, poverty, animal abuse, plastic abuse, obesity are main issues connected with a lot of actions and demand a change in a multitude of people’s daily habits for the achievement of the 17 goals of sustainable development.

Students search real data and scientific elements concerning the global issues, which they process in order to form questions that will sensitise their school community, through their resolution. They register the impact of these issues and take up a researcher’s role as they collect data through questionnaires and interviews concerning the school community’s attitude and behaviour towards these issues. They prepare voluntary actions and suggest solutions aiming at the achievement of the sustainable development goals.

The cultivation of the students’ personal and social responsibility along with the understanding of the demands of the environment, the society and the economy are realized through collaborative and communicatve activities, the solution of problems, creativity, innovation and digital education that constitute key skills for the students as 21st century citizens.

Access to the whole project:

https://portal.opendiscoveryspace.eu/en/osos-project/generation-z-global-citizen-fighting-future-citi-gen-z-859764

Brief presentation of the results:

https://portal.opendiscoveryspace.eu/en/node/860037

https://portal.opendiscoveryspace.eu/sites/default/files/presentation1.pdf

The project was published on the map of innovative actions and activities in the framework of STEM Discovery Week 2020 ,which is organized by the Scientix network (www.scientix.eu/ ) of the European Schoolnet (www.eun.org/ ):

http://sdw-blog.eun.org/2020/04/08/generation-z-global-citizen-fighting-for-the-future-citi-gen-z/

Our students’ success in the B’ Stage of the Panhellenic Informatics Competition

Our school students who successfully completed the B’ Stage of the 32nd Panhellenic Informatics Competition (http://www.pdp.gr) are:

From the High School:
Anastasios Gerasis, Orfeas Kougemitros, Dimitrios Balatos, Evangelos Pipis, Iasonas Spingos, Ioan Katalin Stan, Panagiotis Tzortzis, Miltiadis Tsolas, Vasileios Chatzivasiloglou, Alkiviadis Chondropoulos

From the Secondary School:
Ariadne Koukoudaki, Andriana Petropoulou, Ioannis Tzanetos, Spyros Chatziargyros

To see the full list, go here.

Congratulations and all the best for the future!

Team of our students and alumni design safety equipment and help in facing coronavirus!

A team of our school students and alumni has taken the initiative to contribute in their own way in facing the crisis that the virus SARS-COV-2 has caused. The group consists of Aggelopoulos Dionysios (B’ Class), Karaoglanis Christos (C’ Class), Margaritis Christos (C’ Class), Papadopoulos Panagiotis (2019 alumnus and current university student) and Tsakonas Georgios (2019 alumnus and current university student).

These last days there is an increasing lack of basic safety equipment in the hospitals around the world. After some relevant research, the team designed safety equipment for the hospital staff, which does not demand specialised industrial equipment for its production.

The equipment of personal protection, whose designs have already been published on the team website (andromeda-engineering.com), are goggles for eye protection and a face shield. This equipment is almost totally printed with a 3D printer.

One of the objectives is that these tools consist of as few parts as possible, so that the final assembling is realised quickly and easily. Another objective is the short time of the parts’ production that demands 3D printing. More precisely, the face shield is printed very quickly, in about 3.5 hours.

The team also studies the possibility of creation of an artificial printing “line” of more parts in a row during the same printing, so that their production becomes easier. Regarding the production material, the first samples changed the initial material choice for the goggles from PLA to TPU, which is flexible and offers better insulation, while it adjusts more easily on the face. The team has already printed the prototypes of both protective accessories, which seem satisfactory, so that the design of the rest of the parts proceeds (plexiglass και elastic thread).

Along with the successful completion of the first stage of the designs, the searching for sponsors of materials for the prototypes has also started. Furthermore, the team members are in contact with hospitals, the Ministry of Health, NPHO and the Ministry of Civil Protection, aiming at achieving a more effective connection between the interested institutions.

The Headmaster

Educational material Covid-19

Our school teacher Ms. Argyri Panagiota has started a series of educational activities about Covid-19. Here we are presenting them to you:

Our classroom is away from us but we can bring it close to us by exploiting the new technologies’ affordances on distance learning and through up-to-date and important issues create incentives for learning and exploitation of knowledge we teach in the national curriculum, even with our schools closed. In the Panhellenic School Network, Ms. Argyri created the digital community Εκπαιδευτικό υλικό για Covid-19 , where will be uploaded all the teaching scenarios about the pandemic Covid-19 connected with the subjects of the national curriculum, as well as the students’ projects on them.

By exploiting the digital tools on distance teaching and learning of the European project Golab, she created the learning space in Greek Μαθηματική επιδρομή Covid-19 στην παγκόσμια κοινότητα.
Free access to the lesson: http://bit.ly/2Wpsgkr. Students can work by distance on the Learning Space.

The objective of this lesson is to highlight the mathematical knowledge so that students can understand how a virus/contagious disease spread in a population. Through this lesson, it is justified with the use of maths how important prevention measures are. Mathematics confirms the measures of personal and social responsibility that we must all take. Math modelling (algebraic and graphic), in combination with the statistical processing of the global data, constitutes an important mathematical tool of the global community for the taking of measures against the spread of the virus. This lesson answers the questions: How does a virus spread in a population? Which factors and in what way do they affect the speed and the width of the spread? The creation of math models is a process with various limitations and it cannot replace the natural evolution of the diseases, the epidemics or the evolution of a population. This lesson is an opportunity to understand real situations with the help of math tools (functions). A distance learning lesson has already been realised with B3 class (εξ αποστάσεως διδασκαλία με το τμήμα Β3), whose students’ interest and response gives motivation to Ms. Argyri for the realisation of the same lesson to other classes as well.  

In the near future, a teleconference about the interdisciplinary approach of the Covid-19 issue will be held by our school Greek Language and Literature teacher Mrs. Maria Papadopoulou and our mathematician Ms. Panagiota Argyri. The topic is: Pandemic: History teaches us. Mathematics interprets.

Last but not least, it has been uploaded on the learning community a creative project of the C’ class students Askouni Anastasia and Doulopoulou Elissavet entitled “Modelling epidemics”, which was realised during the school year 2018-19 under the supervision of Ms. Argyri, and it is very up-to-date now, due to the conditions we live in.

Maths and Movies: educational material to practice maths during the Coronavirus seclusion

In “Cinemaths paradise” Erasmus+ KA2 project where our school participated, students and teachers developed activities that enable an effective use of movies in maths classes. Because of the situation caused by Covid-19, when many schools in the EU countries are closed, it is a good option to promote the learning of mathematics through movies. You can have access to these educational recourses on:

http://mathcinema.blogspot.com/2015/11/cinemaths-paradise.html

https://cinemath.webnode.com/

Special Mention for our students in the European Contest of Young Translators “Juvenes Translatores 2019”

Congratulations to our C’ Class students Georganas Christos (C1), Stamatiadi Sofia (C3) and Stefanaki Maria-Spyridoula (C3), who received a Special Mention for their excellent translations in the European contest of Young Translators “Juvenes Transatores 2019”.

This school year the contest was held on 21/11/2019 simultaneously all around Europe and the English teacher Dr. Eirini Arnaouti was responsible for the preparation of our school participants and the organization of the contest in our school.

Every year there is only one winner from each European country, but more participants showed special translating skills that are worth the organizers’ recognition. This year 271 out of 3116 participants received a Special Mention for the quality of their translations. For the results of the Special Mention you can go here.

Distinction in the 37th Mathematics Olympiad

Congratulation to the B’ class student Dimitrios Emmanouil for his gold medal in the 37th Mathematics Olympiad. We wish him good luck in the preliminary competition for his participation in the national team.

In the Olympiad participated 11 of our A’ class, 2 of our B’ class and 1 of our C’ class students.

The mathematics competitions are of the oldest and most demanding student competitions and even only the participation in the Olympiad is a big honour and success.

Congratulations to all our students since most of them solved up to three problems and should feel proud indeed! Especially the A’ class students have done lots of practice and with more work, next year they will do much better!

Moreover, congratulations to their teachers who train them and to the school Vice-headmaster Mr. Chasapis, who has been teaching in the after-school Club of Excellence in Mathematics for years.

The Headmaster

37th National Mathematics Olympiad “Archimedes”

With 14 students will participate our High School and with 15 our Secondary School in the Mathematics Olympiad that will be held on Saturday 22/02/2020 in the building of the New Chemistry (Navarinou 13A, Athens) at 09:00. Congratulations to all the participants in “Euclid” competition that was held in January, since the solving of at least one problem in it constitutes an important success and encourages students for a bigger effort of self-improvement.

Next year we will do better.

Our school has the team with the biggest number of participants in the National Mathematics Olympiad and the biggest number among the teams of all the Greek high schools (private, state and Model & Experimental Schools).

Congratulations and all the best to our students from

A’ Class:

Gerasis Anastasios, Kantartzis Spyridon, Kasimatis Dimitrios, Katakouzinos Vasileios, Koroniou Maria, Kougemitros Orfeas, Kouroukli Anna, Kouroukli Alezandra, Oikonomopoulou Nansy, Tsolas Miltiadis, Chatzivasiloglou Vasileios

B’ Class:

Emmanouil Dimitrios, Skreka Christina

C’ Class:

Pipis Evangelos.

Congratulations to all the math teachers and of course, to our school Vice-Headmaster Mr. S. Chasapis, who runs the after-school Club of Excellence in Mathematics with a lot of care.

The Headmaster