Schoolchildren in 30 schools in Estonia will shortly be embarking on a pilot project for a new way of learning mathematics, computer-based mathematics, that reduces the emphasis on computation — doing sums — and increases the emphasis on understanding the uses of mathematics in real-world examples. Jon McLoone is Content Director for computerbasedmath.org, a project to redefine school math education assuming the use of computers. The company announced a deal with the Estonian Education ministry to trial a self-contained statistics program replacing the more traditional curriculum. Estonia has been at the forefront of education reform. Last year it rolled out a trial to teach children from as young as seven robotics and how to program.
Full speed ahead for electric cars: claiming to be the world’s first country, Estonia has now a nationwide network of 165 fast-charging stations for electric vehicles. The charging stations are available in all towns with more than 5,000 inhabitants, and on the main roads at a distance of 60 kilometers. The car could be charged in less than 30 minutes up to 90 percent, according to ABB, the project company, a global leader in power and automation technologies, orginally based in Switzerland, and operating in about 100 countries.
Sources: auto-motor-und-sport.de and tagblatt.ch and abb.com