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Title: Fostering creativity among Normal (Technical) students through the invention of a mathematics-based toy
Authors: Nazir Amir
Subramaniam, R. (Ramanathan), 1952-
Keywords: Creativity
Design & Technology
Issue Date: Nov-2008
Citation: Paper presented at the Asia-Pacific Education Research Association Conference 2008, Singapore, 26-28 November 2008
Abstract: The objective of this article is to illustrate how a simple mathematics-based toy that is used to demonstrate Pythagoras Theorem is interpreted by several students in the normal technical stream as they set out to fabricate it in a creative manner using several skills that they picked up in the subject of Design & Technology (D&T). Along the process of design and fabrication, these students were exposed to opportunities that allowed them to use scientific principles to add value to the toy. The results of this study showed that it is not difficult for students in the normal technical stream to express their understanding of certain mathematical and science concepts through creative designing as well as making variations of a mathematics-based toy.
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