SIGMA prize 2008 for DisWis
The education project DisWis won the SIGMA prize during the Lowlands festival on 16 August. After a presentation by Niels Oosterling and a short movie in which Lex Schrijver, interviewed by the ‘Wiskundemeisjes’, explained DisWis, the jury was unanimous: DisWis is this year’s most magnificent project to connects mathematics to real world applications.
DisWis was founded by Spinoza Prize winner Lex Schrijver (CWI and UvA) and ‘De Praktijk’ – a project agency for science education and communication. The project includes a series of 40 lessons on discrete mathematics, given by ‘real mathematics students’. Pupils also learn about work after studying maths, and they visit companies.
The SIGMA prize is a study trip of 5000 euros. DisWis works hard to get more mathematics students in the classrooms of more Dutch schools.
During Lowlands Niels Oosterling and Yuri Matteman receive the SIGMA prize for the best education project. Photo Sido Notermans, UvA.
Source: DisWis/De Praktijk