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SmartPool at SIAM 2023

AMSTERDAM March 2 – 2023 – SmartPool, the EPBF-project in which students put maths and physics into practice at a pool table, and where it is taught in a playful way that technical subjects have all kinds of fun and practical applications, was present at SIAM CSE 2023 Conference in the RAI in Amsterdam.

SIAM is the largest organization in the world for industrial and applied mathematics, and the conference on computational science and engineering is their largest conference.

There were presentations from Ine Helvik EPBF, Jenny Sendova Bulgaria, Maria Hadjimina Cyprus and Erik van Haren the Netherlands.

More than 50 participants received an explanation about SmartPool at the pool table.

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Тhe Dynamic Mathematics in Education conference is an annual held at the Institute of Mathematics and Informatics at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. It brings together researchers, educators, in-service teachers in mathematics, IT, informatics, policy makers and even students (presenting with their teachers as a research team), parents. On 11th of February, the 11th issue of this conference, the Bulgarian team of SmartPool delivered a talk about the project followed by a workshop during which the pool specialists Georgi Bozhkov and Radolsav Milkovdemonstrated the connection between the math problems (discussed by Toni Chehlarova and Jenny Sendova) and the real pool. (In fact, almost real, since the table is smaller but still very good for educational purposes. Teachers and students alike followed the masters with real enthusiasm. The classroom of the Institute of mathematics and informatics, specially equipped for professional development of STEM teachers, got a great gift, and all the participants ‒ a real motivation for further SmartPool sessions.

SmartPool Pilot 2 in The Netherlands in the Media

13 februari 2023

SmartPool Europe, de Europese vertaling van het succesvolle SmartPool/SmartCue project van de KNBB, is volop in de media! Na artikelen in Trouw en op, was er op 13 februari 2023 op RTL4 een mooie reportage op EditieNL. De video hiervan zie u hier terug, de gehele uitzending van die dag (met leuke gesprekjes tussen de commentatoren over poolen!) is hier te bekijken.(Zoek op 13 februari 2023)

De uitzending is gemaakt in het Comenius College in Hilversum, van waaruit wij eerder deze reportage maakten, met nieuwsitems in NH Nieuws en de Gooi- en Eemlander.

Dit betreft de vanuit Erasmus+ Europees gefunde pilot van SmartPool, de doorontwikkeling van het succesvolle in 2018 in Nederland opgezette SmartPool project dat tot doel heeft: wiskunde m.b.v. poolbiljart niet alleen begrijpelijker maken, maar ook leuker. Onderdeel van deze doorontwikkeling is de vernieuwing van het SmartPool lesmateriaal, beter afgestemd op het curriculum en op verschillende leerniveaus.

Vanuit de KNBB gezien maakt dit project naast het maatschappelijke belang ook duidelijk: met SmartPool/SmartCue wordt door de KNBB volop geïnvesteerd in de toekomst van onze biljart-, pool- en snookerjeugd, om zo blijvend te zorgen voor nieuwe aanwas van spelers.

Video SmartPool/SmartCue-item EditieNL
Link naar uitzendingen EditieNL (Zoek op 13 februari 2023)
Link naar website EditieNL

SmartPool Committee launches own website

Finally our website could be published.

SmartPool Meeting in Amsterdam

After more than a year of preparation the first transnational meeting in Amsterdam took place.

The European Pocket Billiard federation (EPBF), the Mulier Instituut and five member organisations (Bulgaria, Cyprus, Finland, Germany and the Netherlands) met each other to focus on the SmartPool intervention in schools next year.

All of the participants agreed that it was pleasure to see the synnergies of different kinds of expertise from research, maths and billiards. The next meeting to make a first summary is scheduled in spring.

EPBF launches Smart-Pool

After a first evaluation meeting after the European All-in-One Championship, it became clear that this project was getting a lot of interest from schools in the Netherlands. So much interest that it was even decided to expand the project within the Netherlands It was then also decided to try to roll out the „Smart-Pool“ project Europe-wide. The Koninklijke Nederlandse Biljart Bond (Royal Dutch Billiards Association) and the EPBF then „joined forces“ and started making plans on what such a European approach could look like.

The project, which combines pool billiards and mathematics at a new level, was advertised to all EPBF members, and at the end 5 national member federations and the EPBF decided and declared that they will invest in this project. The 5 members are: Bulgaria, Finland, Germany, Cyprus, The Netherlands and the EPBF.

SmartPool Europe is a project of the European Pocket Billiard Federation, in cooperation with five, National billiard federations and mathematics organisations, all across Europe. The expertise and networks of the billiard federations, the mathematics organisations, combined with the research expertise of Mulier Institute guarantees good execution and dissemination.

Smart-Pool’s goal is to make beta courses more attractive through the combination with pool billiards. For schools, a curriculum has been developed in which the elements of pool have been translated into mathematical issues, for example by visualizing pool billiard situations.

The reason for this was the realization that children often don’t think math is ‚cool‘, but also doesn’t want to play billiards or know what billiards is. By turning both things with Smart-Pool into something positive, we strengthen the math/ numeracy skills of youth and introduce them to pool billiards.

After the 5 above-mentioned members had declared their willingness to invest in this project, it was decided to apply for a European subsidy via the EPBF, as the European Governing body for pool and situated in the Netherlands, for this project through the European project institute „Erasmus +“.

After submitting all the necessary paperwork, we have now received the joyful news that the project „Smart-Pool“ is eligible for a European subsidy. Erasmus+ has now officially announced that the EPBF will receive an amount of € 422,950.00 in the next 3 years to roll out and supervise the project in these 5 countries.

The EPBF will be responsible for administration, facilitation and evaluation of the project and the national member federation will be responsible for the implementation and specifications in their country. Together we will contribute to the development of curricula, course material, website, learning platform and other resources needed. The EPBF board did nominate the EPBF treasurer, Mrs. Ine Helvik, as project leader for this prestigious project.

“Smart-Pool is a perfect fusion of pool and mathematics. Bringing our sport to the kids and not depending on the kids coming to us is the future. We are delighted that the „Smart-Pool“ project is now also being introduced in 5 other countries. The subsidy we receive for this will certainly lead to the project becoming just as successful as in the Netherlands”, according to the EPBF President – Gre Leenders.”