PROFESSOR POLYNUME’S CHALLENGE (SECONDARY 1)
The Défi du Professeur Polynume (Professor Polynume’s Challenge) is an educational activity that’s both innovative and fun. It calls upon the mathematical knowledge and skills taught in secondary-level mathematics programs.
Carried out in teams, the Challenge asks each member to make their own contribution. Two math quizzes enable young people to accumulate pieces in different shapes that will serve for the final construction that determines the winning team. This way, the practical and theoretical aspects of math come together in harmony!
The Challenge is integrated progressively for young people attending public schools on the Island of Montréal from disadvantaged and multi-ethnic communities. The primary goal is to help these young people overcome obstacles to carrying out a project to its conclusion, boosting their self-confidence along the way. To do this, Professor Polynume’s Challenge is carried out within small learning communities, provides stimulus beyond the teaching content offered in class, and helps address concrete needs within society.
The Challenge promotes participants’ self-esteem, awakens a feeling of accomplishment, and provides access to practical, enriching learning opportunities that are normally inaccessible to these young people. This positive reinforcement is highly beneficial as a measure against dropping out of school, among other things.
Professor Polynume’s Challenge is a free activity that takes place within a single classroom period. Aimed at secondary 1 students, the activity is offered to all schools on the Island of Montréal.