# 2012 UAC Goodness League, Ajegunle, Nigeria

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# Let’s Get Talking

Legally Stolen from MatheMazier!

As part of our impact assessment and market research, we would like to hear from you on some of these comments we’ve gotten from several high school students – we had to edit most of the original comments though.

1. I spend several hours a day studying Maths but nothing makes sense.

2. My teacher is way too advanced to teach us, she assumes we all know a concept and then moves onto the next. If we ask questions, she refers us to our textbooks.

3. While studying Maths concepts, it usually seems like I understand but when I try problems I don’t seem to get them.

4. My teacher is really cool. He’s explains the concepts very well but we move at a very slow pace in class.

5. I once showed my teacher a more intuitive way of solving a problem and he turned me down. I was very discouraged.

6. Calculus is a foreign language!

7. I used to love Mathematics until we had a new Mathematics teacher – he’s so mean. Now, I’m so scared to ask questions in class.

8. My teacher always emphasizes on ‘completing the syllabus’. That seems to be her goal throughout the year. I thought Maths was about being creative.

9. I really don’t have that ‘love’ for Maths but I always get As in tests – just cram the formulas, solve past papers and have enough sleep.

10. Isn’t $\pi$  exactly $\frac{22}{7}$?

11. So, what do I do with all this Maths?

12. My teacher wants us to solve Olympiad-type problems related to the topic he teaches. These problems are really different from the standard O-Level problems.

# We’re Back. Even Better!

Hello guys,

We are in the process of putting together plans for this year’s Project S.M.I.L.E Summer Break Outreach Program. You would recall that in our maiden edition last year, we featured a presentation of the 3×3 Rubik’s Cubes to students in some selected Secondary Schools. We also made presentations at the annual UACN Plc’s Goodness League. How dare we forget our boat ride to the Sea School in Apapa, Lagos, Nigeria where we made a presentation of the 3×3 Rubik’s cube to the Teenage Class of the Sunday School Section of the Chapel of The Healing Cross, Idi-Araba, Lagos, Nigeria?

…the countless “wrists twisting twists”, mastering the algorithms, the jokes and above all, the euphoria of bringing the Cube to its original state – and its associated bragging rights! It was sheer FUN.

From the reports we are receiving, a good number of us have mastered the 3×3 Rubik’s cube. Should we raise the stakes this Summer Break and move up to the 4×4 Rubik’s cube? Or should we try other cerebral puzzles? Let’s hear from you.

Do you know you can enlist your School or Group for our presentations? Yes, you can. Do send an email to mathemazier@gmail.com and we would give you details how this can be arranged. Guess what? It is FREE.

May we use this medium to sincerely thank our friends and sponsors who are making us SMILE. Thank you so very much for your unflinching financial and moral support.

As we all prepare for our mid-term tests – remember, Project S.M.I.L.E is all about Smiling, knowing that Math is indeed truly lively and entertaining.

We wish you all the BEST as we look forward to hearing from you.