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Congratulations to the Spanish team, you deserve every bit of it.
Happy holidays!


A Taste of Maths Slideshow: ATOM’s trip from Bucharest, Romania to 5 cities Amsterdam, Avila, Matera, Elefsína (near Elefsis, Attica, Greece) and Karviná (near Jastrzebie-Zdroj, Southern Poland, Poland) was created by TripAdvisor. See another Italy slideshow. Create your own stunning free slideshow from your travel photos.


European Quality Label

We have been awarded with the European Quality Label. I'm grateful to you all because your hard work, collaboration and teaching have made this possible.
I hope you all are lucky in your new projects.
Take care.


One more quality label for AToM

Today, the Greek team was awarded with the etwinning quality label, as well as the brand new Pupil Quality Label, also awarded to all partners for their team's work.
We'd like to thank all our colleagues for this collaboration and wish the project all the best!


Maths is all around us in Amsterdam

Here finally our final assignment...

I totally forgot about this picture:


geometry around

Wherever we go there is geometry. Almost everything is connected with angles, sides, volume, height, measures. Shapes around. We went out into our streets to look for them. We found them in our houses, in our history, in our art. Even nature provided us with examples. Alicia, Carmen, Clara and Victor took these photos for the Spanish team last task.


The perspective

Students of Liceo "Duni" go on searching Maths in every day life. Some of them have tried to catch examples of perspective with their cameras. All the pictures have been taken by the students during school or family trips!


Good-bye Flashmeeting images

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Elefsinios Pomegranate is a young student who is driving a time machine back to ancient years, trying to have a closer look to the wisdom of ancient mathematicians

- Sicely looks great from that height !And this is Croton, a nice place to live and cogitate about the mysteries of universe. I can see why Pythagoras found his math school here

Ok. This must be the School. But where is HE ?

My “Find - Everything Device” (FED) has just located him !

Oh, he is sitting in a symposium !

I wonder … what kind of nutrition supports such a mind. I will certainly adopt it!

Let’s get a closer look. Who are all these people ? Thank god, sorry, thank all twelve gods, they can’t see, hear or feel me ! ( though, I’ m not sure about Pythagoras. Has he got a sixth sense ?)

Who is that beautiful young woman sitting next to him? Oh, she must be Theano, his loving one. And that dark-skinned man ? FED has recognized him. He is Sourba, a famous babylonian mathematician. And next to him ? This is Manoush, one of his Egyptian teachers! Pythagoras had spent 20 years of his life next to Egyptians sage priests where he aquired much of his great learning. And this is Vrontinos, the one who pays for the symposium, I suppose.

I’ll get closer, so that I can hear their conversation.

Vrontinos: For Zeus shake Pythagoras, why should you know the subject of our conversation in advance ? Did you have to consult your notes ?

Pythagoras: My friend, if our subject was a serious and demanding one, then my stomach should be empty ! Otherwise, it would absorb the energy my brain needs to work. Moreover, it would be inappropriate to talk about specific subjects, hanger for example, over such a banquet !

Vrontinos : Well, my mind refuses to work when my stomach is empty ! But, regardless of our conversation, I’m sure you won’t be able to resist all these goodies I’ve ordered for you ! The finest meat and the freshest fish prepared by my slave chef He has costed me a fortune to buy him!

P : I don’t want to insult you, my dear friend, but I certainly won’t have a bite of your gourmet eating !

V: I’ ll be insulted, unless you can give me a good explanation !

P: I will try to explain. I have purified my body and soul by following a strictly vegetarian diet deprived of toxins. Besides, this way I fight against my primeval instincts and I express my respect to other forms of life. Remember, when you eat an animal is like eating its soul as well ! And I’m glad to say that my followers have reluctantly adopt this nutrition.

V. You mean, you can resist to a juicy piece of meat, even when you are all alone !

P: But I’m never alone. A very important person, a VIP, is always watching .

V: You mean God ?

P: I mean myself !

Theano: You can certainly exclude me from these vegeterians, since I am his love, not his follower.

P: I have recommended Theano to have meat, because of her physical characteristics. I never suggest that this vegetarian diet is for everyone. So, I will allow my portion to her.

Sourba : I can see your point, Pythagoras and I can see a bright and disciplined soul into your thin and well-trained body. But for us, the Babylonians, having food to eat is a bless from gods. So we have to show our respect to them by eating what they give us, vegetables, meat and fish. And you can’t say of course that this nutrition hasn’t support our mind, since we were the ones to have the first steps in mathematical thinking.

P: You certainly are. You taught us how to satisfy our practical needs by practical geometry. Since, I’ ve heard that old Minoans had given their try.

Manoush : And we took it further. We had to find a way to calculate the acreage of our fields after Nile’s flood and the volume of the cereals we produce. So , it’s about food again

V: As you can see Pythagoras it’s all about food. So, going back to that, I think I can offer a special dish. You will certainly won’t refuse a special dish of beans.

P: I’m afraid I’ll disappoint you. Beans are exactly the food Iwouldn’t even touch, I shouldn’t even refer the word! !

V: I ‘ve never heard a strangest idea !

P: You see, my way of thinking is completely different. I strongly believe that dead people ‘s soul actually live in beans. And that’s a thought Manoush could confirm.

V: Can I suggest a dish of onions, then ? Is everything all right with onions ?

P: I think I ‘ll have the best meal ever ! And to show you my gratefulness, I’ ll give you a special gift – this “greedy cup”!

V: I can’t imagine anything “greedy” coming from you, Pythagoras !

P: Get a closer look! If you fill it up to this line it’s a common cup. But if you get greedy and fill pass the line, the penalty is to lose all wine through the hole at the bottom of the cup.

V : I suppose you don’t imply anything! My wife will certainly appreciate your gift !

E. P. :They are really crazy, those ancients ! I’m so confused – and hungry ! And my time machine is getting hungry as I’m running out of time-fuel. Let’s start my journey back to now.

What is that on my FED screen? I’m flying over Syracusae. It must be the 2nd century B.C. Who ‘s that man holding his stomach ? And what is he trying to do? OK, the answer is coming. It’s Archimedes , one of the greatest mathematicians and engineers of all time ! And … he is playing ! He’s trying to assemble a puzzle he had made, called Stomachion ,and the solution is giving him a hard time – and a stomach pain !

I’m still in the same century flying over the famous city of Alexandria. I can see the Great Alexandrian Library. An old man is sitting at his desk and he is … crying. What could give him such a sorrow ? Oh, he is blind. I see what’s going on. It’s Eratosthenes , the librarian , who has decided to stop eating and die since his blindness made him incapable of studying. And what life worths without studying ?

I think I’ve heard of another mathematician who starved to death, much closer to my time. This one refused to eat because of his constant fear that someone would poison his food – and he died of hunger !

I think I’ve reached my time and my home ! Ican see, mum in the kitchen, as usual. She is preparing dinner for my family. I can smell baked beans, fresh salad and a salad fruit for dessert. She never forgets the pyramid of Mediterranean diet . God, I’m starving to death. I hope I won’t eat anyone’s soul as I intent to satisfy my mum and my stomach by honoring her food.

Afterwards, I’ll deal with some unsolved mathematical problems – those exercises my teacher assigned me. Should I ask some ancient help ?

Let’s land

( Inspired by the novel "Pythagoras, the Son of Scilence", by Benigno Morilla )

"A mathematician's diet" Elefsina's farewell song

Pythagoras, the 6th century B.C. Greek mathematician, scholar and so much more, was a vegetarian and thought that beans were kin to men, so they shouldn’t be eaten. More theories on bean abstinence here
Look out for our film on Pythagora's banquet in Food for thought!

Eratosthenes, the 3rd century B.C. Greek mathematician was able to culculate the earth’s circumference with great proximity. Of course he thought it was a sphere, but mankind forgot that for many centuries later. He starved himself to death, when he realized he was going blind.

More Math and diet trivia:

The Tyrian mathematician Porphyry  Malchus, Eratosthenes’ contemporary, was a vegetarian, since he was influenced by Pythagorian theories about animals having a soul.

Kurt Gödel, Eistein’s friend, and one of the most important people of the 20th century, who proved that one cannot attain absolute mathematical truth (incompleteness theorem), starved himself for fear of getting poisoned.

Please remember: Millions of mathematicians were normal eaters!!



Parallel and perpendicular lines

The students from Matera looked around them searching for everyday Maths. Some of them focused on parallel and perpendicular lines visible in nature or in man-made environments and have made a video with pictures taken while walking around town. It is so surprising to see how Maths is everywhere!

Parallel and perpendicular lines from Maria teresa Asprella on Vimeo.


2 students of 2tto Amsterdam in the Team Maths Challenge

Team Mathematics Challenge 2011

Thursday the 9th of June was the day of the big finals of the Team Mathematics Challenge. Four students of het HLW took part, two of the first grade of our Bilingual Education (Aissam and Akram) and two of the second grade (Manal and Lamyae).

The competition was held at the Cals College in Nieuwegein and the best teams from the Netherlands were present. In four different rounds they had to solve all kind of mathematical problems, involving big problems, cross calculation puzzles, head-to-head competition and a relay. Especially the last one was very nice to see: all students running from their place to the teachers and back again to solve as many problems as possible.

At the end of the day, all students received their certificates and prizes were handed out. It turned out that our team was at a well deserved 25th place of all the teams in the Netherlands!

A "Thank you!" to our partners

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Numbers Playground from Valentina Cuadrado on Vimeo.

A nice way to say goodbye to our partners seemed to be showing them how our first contacts with Maths, numbers, was. This is why we decided to go out to the playground again.
Childhood revised from the beginning when learning by imitation was the aim of the first game.
Coordination at jumping, counting and skipping together, a collaborative game where everybody is necessary. The last song was just a popular rhyme to choose a player, our presenter for us.
A combination of fun, maths, experiences and collaboration.
As Marta says, now it's your turn to play! Have a good summer!


The first QL

The first ATOM QL. Congratulations, Amsterdam! Good luck to the other teams!



+ un-Maths unusual recipes

If the previous ones were difficult to cook, please don't try these ones either.

Un-Maths unusual recipe

Un-thinkable ingredients, un-reasonable processes, un-expected temperatures, un-edible results are the characteristics of these un-Maths unusual recipes.


Ancient Egyptian Maths

The first sources about ancient Egyptian mathematics date to what is called the Middle Kingdom. One of the biggest resources we have for mathematical writing is the Rhind Papyrus, named after Alexander Rhind who purchased the papyrus in the 19th century and brought it to England. The papyrus is sometimes called the Ahmes papyrus after the scribe who wrote it.

In the opening paragraphs of the papyrus, Ahmes presents the papyrus as “inquiring into the knowledge of all things, mysteries and...all secrets”. The papyrus lists many problems covering topics in algebra, geometry and other areas in mathematics, including a problem that gives a good approximation of PI.

All the problems are related to practical matters and many of them are about fractions.

Mihnea, our group's Mathematician, will show you one of the problems for the Flashmeeting. And, to finish within the bread theme, it is related to bread!

Rhind Papyrus

in the meantime, a riddle

Students created this movie, then they added the sound. It was great fun and big collaborative effort. We hope you enjoy finding the solution.


June 1st

Today is International Children's Day. We celebrate this day in Romania, how about your countries?
Happy June 1st to all our students, warm affectionate wishes and thanks for being part of our lives and making our work have an aim and a purpose!


2 tto on a trip to Nemo

2tto on a Trip to Nemo


Speaking of patterns

Speaking of patterns, here is a great BBC series:The Story of Maths.
Enjoy it!


Symmetry- 2

Our photos, and a few explanations too.

Matera in Spain

There is a weekly section in our newspaper EL PAÍS. The section is called El Viajero: the Traveller. There was an article about Matera this week explaining everybody about the geography and the town.
I read it and I felt I knew the place. It can only mean that projects can make an influence on partners.

To the Italian team and their beautiful town.


Geometry in town. Elefsina

This is the result of a couple of walks around our school. There is more to come, but we are in exam period and must concentrate on that for the time being. This is a really fun task!
Some photes are from the wonderful ebook about our town's museum and archeological site. Browse through it here!


A piece of pie in Ávila

Although late, we have finally finished the task. Photos, research on prices, calculations already done. Here you have our results. No real pie for us this time.


Last task

Maths is around us. It's time to start the last task! You are all invited to look for Maths around us. Maths is in our houses, in towns, in Nature and in Art. Take your photos to show us where it is hidden and publish them in a nice format!


Atom in Greek Student Festival 2011

It took us several hours of work to prepare an old table with wheels and paint it, so it would become the AToM exhibition table in the library. But when we were invited to show the project in the annual student festival in Elefsina, it proved really handy, with all the food and info about Maths and Cooking. Among other things, we made the Avila cookies again (thank you very much, Avila, and many thanks, once more, AToM mom for making them), the fractal salad, we offered a little port with walnuts, the prize for mathematical excellence in Trinity College, England, and added Eratosthenes' sieve, a nice way to find the prime numbers. Click here and see how many "holes" the sieve will have! Of course there were a lot of other things to include, from all countries, but...the table wasn't big enough, so visitors were prompted to visit the AToM blog.

Thank you Elefsina and Karvina!

Hi students and teachers from Elefsina and Karvina,

We would like to thank you for our presents. Here some photos of us receiving and using your presents!

Already in use! Photo taken by my 6-year old son...

Thank you!!!


Geometry in town

As we have already seen we are surrounded by geometry. Gathering these photos in a sunny evening walk was the beginning of our last task where symmetry, shapes, geometry will be explored.


how much? how many? quantity

Students had an assigment to do about quantity, countable and uncountable nouns. They went to the flea market one Friday and took photos to present their works. Here you have the results:
Meat in the market.
A day in the market


Happy Easter from Amsterdam!

Hi everyone,

we want to wish you all a happy easter!

Or as we say it in Dutch:


Happy Easter from Greece!

We wish you a most pleasant Easter with lots of new tastes! Look out for our parcels. The Pomegranate team.


Thanks from Matera

Thank you for the wonderful book!
It was so exciting to turn over the pages with our poems!
Working together at this project was really interesting!
Thanks from our school!

Happy Easter!

You can also click here to play the puzzle.
We wish all our partners happy holidays and a wonderful Easter!
The Bucharest team.


Our own

Nothing better than our opinion and vote to grant our work an award. And in this way our Blog superemacy has been stated by ourselves in the survey.

Feeling curiosity about something is the beginning of research. Maths is the main goal of our curiosity. Does it mean a great bunch of Mathematicians will be born from this project?

Feeling proud of our work is a way to encourage ourselves and to thank people in the teams. But, never forget teams are groups of people in communication.


Thanks from Ávila

Thank you very much from our principal, our group and the whole school. We had a visit from the principal to present your gift, to congratulate all the collaborators and to encourage us to go on working together.

It's a really good work! congratulations


Pi(e) Day Flashmeeting

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Thank you very much for the photos. It was very nice meeting almost everybody there, but it will also be nice going through these moments again.

Thanks from Bucharest!

We were very happy and proud to get the Fibonacci book today. Seeing all in print , our partners' creations and our names there made our work and our collaboration very real. A big "thank you" to all the partners for making this possible and one more to the Dutch team!
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Greetings from Budapest!

Thank you for the nice words and the support, they meant a lot!