Introductory Training Session:
With these selected children, we did an introductory training session, with two groups. We played games, we solved puzzles together, we enjoyed a lot with these intelligent and creative children.
Training Session for Class III-IV:
- Discussion 1: Tiling Problems
Can we tile a board of say 4×6 with dominoes of various sizes? We discussed them by drawing. We also discussed the method of contradiction to show how we cannot tile board with a certain shape. We saw the spark in the children’s eyes while they could solve the problem.
- Discussion 2: We played a game called Picking the Book
Two players are there. A certain number of books are arranged around a circle and then the players have to pick either one book or two books side by side. They played among each other and they enjoyed a lot. This is based on the idea of Symmetry in playing games.
Training Session for Class V-VI:
- Discussion 1: Fibonacci Series
We discussed the famous Fibonacci Problem with an example of rabbits. We also introduced an application of recursion in here.
- Discussion 2: We played a game called Josephus Problem
Josephus Game is the game we played. They were really overjoyed while playing. Some even took calculated steps. Their happiness and enjoyment by problem-solving were the best moments.
One of the students named Arkadeep made a nice question, what if the process of elimination was in a different way. We loved the question as this is the type of questions and thoughts we want them to spend time on.