Math Lab provides an opportunity to students to understand and internalize the basic mathematical concepts through concrete objects and situations. It enables the students to verify or discover several geometrical properties and facts using models or by paper cutting and folding techniques. It helps the students to build interest and confidence in learning the subject.
The laboratory provides opportunity to exhibit the relatedness of mathematical concepts with everyday life. It provides greater scope for individual participation in the process of learning and becoming autonomous learners. It provides scope for greater involvement of both the mind and the hand which facilities cognition. The laboratory allows and encourages the students to think, discuss with each other and the teacher and assimilate the concepts in a more effective manner. It enables the teacher to demonstrate, explain and reinforce abstract mathematical ideas by using concrete objects, models, charts, graphs, pictures, posters, etc.
Most of the above skills easily developed by using indigenous materials like paper, sticks, pins, thread, plywood, card boards and several other simple locally available materials. The objective of the laboratory is to promote critical thinking and ability to approach a problem in different ways. It is therefore essential that our students are exposed to think differently and approach problems without any fear. It calls for taking the concepts of Mathematics beyond the limitations of the text books.