Why this transnational Intervention?
Schools are complex systems where the core business is learning. Therefore, it is extremely difficult to develop programs promoting physical activity that teachers support (McQueen et al, 2007). Among the many reasons for this are competing demands between time for academic pursuits versus time spent in physical activity. Physically active learning is a possible solution to this dilemma. It is a pedagogical approach where pupils are physically active while learning academic content (Bartholomew et al, 2011). Although a young science, physically active learning has received widespread attention as it has shown to have beneficial effects, especially in maths (Singh et al, 2018). SmartPool is an example of a program in academic content is connected to physical activity.
Living in an era of pure digitization techniques, without proper mathematical analysis of risks and failure probabilities, operations may lead to dramatic outcome. On the same time, there is a large shortage of technically skilled professionals in Europe. Students are less and less opting for exact subjects. The basis for technique is formed by beta subjects such as mathematics and arithmetic. It has been shown that this base bears similarities to pool billiards (Bond, 2018 ). There is a large shortage of technically skilled professionals in Europe. Students are less and less opting for exact subjects. The basis for technique is formed by beta subjects such as mathematics and arithmetic. It has been shown that this base bears similarities to pool billiards.
Video of bulgarian participants
To strengthen mathematics education in secondary schools, a strong consortium has been created. 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 EU-MATHS-IN and PWN, combined with the research expertise of Mulier Institute guarantees good execution and dissemination.
SmartPool is originally a Dutch initiative and was launched in June 2018. SmartPool combines pool billiards with mathematics/arithmetic for young students (9 to 15 years).
SmartPool’s goal is to make beta courses more attractive through the combination with pool billiards. For schools, a curriculum will be developed in which the elements of pool have been translated into mathematical issues (for example, calculating with billiard balls (number concept and basic arithmetic), hitting the right point (geometry) or finding the correct angle (geometry with angles), for example by visualizing pool billiard situations. The reason for this is that children often don’t think math is ‚cool‘. By introducing SmartPool, the pupils not only improve their skills in the field of mathematics and numeracy , but also to improve their precision and concentration skills. With SmartPool, students can further develop all these skills in an accessible and fun way.