[Bridges] Announcement: Bridges for Kids at Bridges Donostia

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Tue Apr 24 10:25:16 EDT 2007


                           BRIDGES FOR KIDS


                           BRIDGES DONOSTIA


At this year's Bridges Conference, kids will be able to attend a
special Bridges for Kids workshop. While parents attend conference
sessions, their children can enjoy a workshop of their own. The Bridges
for Kids workshop is a series of sessions where kids can have fun while
experiencing and learning about the relationship between mathematics
and arts in a playful yet meaningful way. This is an opportunity for
parents to travel with their children to a stimulating conference in
the awe-inspiring city San Sebastian.


By building on the Bridges mission statement, we have set these goals
for Bridges for Kids:

  * Encourage parents and teachers to give kids early exposure to both
    maths and arts.
  * Show that both maths and arts are two sides of the coin we call
  * Learn about maths and arts in an unusual, fun, exploratory, and
    challenging way.
  * Stimulate kids' intellectual curiosity and artistic sensitivity; in
    other words, encourage them to become intellectual and artistic
  * Learn in a caring, confidence-building environment.
  * Create complicity between children and parents as they both experience
    learning at Bridges.
  * Develop a social dimension in Bridges.


Bridges for Kids is organized by Bridges in collaboration with CIPIF, a
Spanish company devoted to educational services, and with the help of
Paco Gomez.

  * Schedule: Bridges for Kids sessions are concurrent with regular
    conference sessions. The most probable schedule will be 9h00-12h00,
    and 14h00-17h00 every day of the conference. Parents are expected
    to have lunch with their kids.
  * Teachers: At least two teachers will be in charge of the whole
    group of kids at all times. The kids per teacher ratio will never
    exceed 10:1. Teachers are provided by CIPIF.
  * Language: Teachers are bilingual in Spanish and English.
  * Program: Teachers will give some sessions and Bridges participants
    will give others. If you are a teacher and wish to participate in
    Bridges for Kids, please see the information below. Among the workshops
    we hope to offer are origami, tangram, the Kalah and other strategy
    games, cooperative games, pattern games, logic games, music sessions,
    painting with math techniques, etc. At this point in time much of
    the program is to be determined; however, a detailed program will
    follow within the next few weeks.
  * Insurance: The local organizer CIPIF is a highly experienced company
    in the field of education. Their professional teachers all have a
    degree in Education and experience with children. CIPIF will provide
    adequate insurance coverage for the entire workshop.
  * Sign-up Date: The deadline to sign up is April 25th.
  * Price: The four-day workshop costs 150 euros.

We need a minimum registration of 12 for Bridges for Kids to take
place. The program cannot proceed with fewer due to budget


If you are interested in having your kids participate in Bridges for
Kids, please let us know by e-mail:

Paco Gomez,  fmartin at eui.upm.es


If you are a Bridges participant and you would like to give a Bridges
for Kids workshop, please send us an e-mail describing your proposed
workshop, workshop duration (one-hour is suggested), as well as
material you would require. Being in touch with kids is being in touch
with future. Participate!

Paco Gomez,  fmartin at eui.upm.es

We look forward to seeing you there!

Craig S. Kaplan                         If civilization is to survive,
University of Waterloo                   it must live on the interest,
Cheriton School of Computer Science        not the capital, of nature.
http://www.cgl.uwaterloo.ca/~csk/                     -- Ronald Wright

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