Flowers from the Education Committee Placed on 28 April 2021
After the 3rd quartile, the Education Committee gave Ruben Hoeksma a bouquet of flowers. During last quartile Ruben put lots of effort into changing the structure of his courses to fit the current situation: he let students decide how and when to study by offering alternating reading and lecture videos and he introduced aspects by which students had to work together and keep in touch. Overall he was clear in his communication, to the point and always made sure there was enough interaction between him and the students. His friendliness also encouraged students to switch on their cameras and more open discussions to take place during several tutorials.
Many students were able to appreciate Ruben's efforts and his dedication deserved to be rewarded.
Thank you for your hard work, Ruben! We hope many more students can enjoy your teaching in the future.
Candidate board 2021-2022 Placed on 22 April 2021
The 53rd board of Wiskundig Studiegenootschap Abacus has the pleasure to announce the candidate board for the 54th board. We expect them to be constituted as follows on the 7th of September:
Chairman & Officer Educational Affairs - Niels Apeldoorn
Secretary & Officer Internal Affairs - Thomas Kanger
Treasurer - Eline Peeters
Officer External Affairs - Margriet Eijken
General Adjunct - Ruben HoeksmaShow image
Education Week Placed on 22 April 2021
During the 3rd quartile the Education Committee organised the Education Week. During this week many events took place, among which the Mathematical Lounge+, an activity together with the Ab-Actie, the Applied Mathematics Education Prize (AMEP) and a course on how to play Scopone Scietifico.
We hope you enjoyed the Education Week this year as well and hope to see you there next time!
During the Mathematical Lounge+ we had a lovely joint talk by Pim van ‘t Hof en Daan Velthuis. Both of them had creative topics: Pim talked about origami and ways to cut patterns out of paper with only a single cut, while Daan discussed the mathematics behind sudoku’s. You can find the recording of the Mathematical Lounge+ on the youtube channel of Abacus.
For this activity the Ab-Actie and Education Committee joined forces and gave a new look at chess with several different variations to play. Some were quite chaotic like ‘king on the hill’, whilst others just were mind boggling like ‘atomic’ or ‘quantum chess’. Over all it was a lot of fun to be a part of the pure chaos that ensued due to nobody knowing what was actually going on in the games. There was a great atmosphere and people really enjoyed being a part of it, even if they are not the greatest at regular chess.
This year Gjerrit Meinsma, Nelly Litvak and Tracy Craig were nominated for the AMEP. All three of them gave a wonderful talk about the theme ‘Virtual Mathematics’. Eventually, Tracy Craig was crowned winner of this year’s AMEP by the students, but all three nominees ended up very close and really showed, even in that instance, just how wonderful teachers they are. The committee thanks them all three for participating and congratulates Tracy with her well deserved win.
The best three teachers of the decentral education prizes compete for the UTEA (University of Twente Education Award) on the 27th of May at 16:00 in Teams.
Last but not least, the Education Committee also included a course in the Education Week. Here you could learn how to play Scopone Scientifico, a typical Italian card game played in groups of 4, 2 against 2, which much like Taipan makes use of very peculiar cards.
LinkedIn workshop @ abacus.utwente.nl/go/LinkedIn
An online workshop about LinkedIn.
Blind beer tasting @ Discord
Is it a blonde, or a tripel? Test your beer knowledge during this beer tasting!
Casual Friday @ Discord
Play some games with your fellow mathematicians!
Mathematical Lounge Old School @ Online
Nice talks about different mathematical subjects by students!
UTEA @ abacus.utwente.nl/go/UTEA (Teams)
The (online) annual finale of the UT Educational Award is taking place!