Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile: Schoolchildren from O’Higgings are re-enchanted with mathematics with workshops and theater carnival

Young people from eighth grade to second grade have participated in a series of theatrical workshops that will culminate in a carnival where some of the works and creations made will be screened. In addition, the Exacta group will present a stand-up comedy about algorithms and binary numbers.

During the last two months, students from eighth grade to second grade from the O’Higgins region have participated in a series of theater workshops held by the Catholic University and the Exacta group , a collective that promotes the teaching of mathematics from a humanist perspective . The initiative will be crowned with a Theater and Mathematics Carnival open to all audiences.

The schools that have participated in this initiative are Inmaculada Concepción and Hans Christian Andersen, from San Fernando; the Liceo San Francisco de Placilla and the Liceo Bicentenario Benjamín Vicuña Mackenna . The initiative seeks to increase the motivation and learning of students towards mathematics, from a didactic approach, using theatrical techniques to approach the world of numbers in a playful way and through everyday situations.

The initiative seeks to increase the motivation and learning of students towards mathematics, from a didactic approach, using theatrical techniques to approach the world of numbers in a playful way and through everyday situations

Professor Solange Merlo of the Hans Christian Andersen school , mentions that “the theater has allowed him to learn new strategies and skills for teaching mathematics and appreciate them from everyday life.” In addition, the teacher points out that, due to this more entertaining way of learning, the students have had a more active participation in classes and have re-enchanted with the subject.

As a top activity for this initiative, next Thursday, October 21, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., a Theater and Mathematics Carnival will be held at the San Fernando Cultural Center, open to the public.

At the Carnival, students and teachers will screen some of the works and creations made in the framework of the Theater and Mathematics workshops. In addition, the Exacta group will present a stand-up comedy about algorithms and binary numbers.


“The venue has a capacity of 120 people with the appropriate social distance, so we hope that the community will be motivated to participate in this unprecedented activity for the commune,” explains Duvan Henao , a mathematician and academic from the Faculty of Mathematics .

At the Carnival, students and teachers will screen some of the works and creations made in the framework of the Theater and Mathematics workshops. In addition, the Exacta group will present a stand-up comedy about algorithms and binary numbers.

Meanwhile, the Center for Advanced Studies of San Fernando will give the talk “From a chess pawn to geostationary satellites, transported in the Great Wave of Kanawaga.”

The initiative, organized by the Exacta Group, the UC Faculty of Mathematics and the UC Institute of Mathematical and Computational Engineering, has the support of the Millennium Nucleus ACIP, Fondecyt projects awarded by UC academics and the Illustrious Municipality of San Fernando.

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