There is a pervasive view in most societies that considers mathematics as a narrow field of expertise, open only to the more intelligent, mostly male participants of an elite part of the culture. On the one hand, formal education does not facilitate the incorporation of mathematical ideas and strategies in citizens’ every day practices. On the other hand, though there are some successful math communication strategies in different parts of the world, their effect is very localized and in need of bigger spaces to present, discuss and learn from these experiences. Here we share different perspectives, strategies and modalities used to communicate and involve people in mathematical activities sharing it’s beauty, usefulness and connections with the arts, sciences, literature and technology. Traveling exhibits, mathematics through radio, podcast and blogs, mathematics festivals, math history through games, geometry and arts and more. We concentrate on the experience in Costa Rica, through formal and informal means, to influence education and build a more scientific citizenship, to influence values and beliefs, to bring down the barriers around the use of mathematics in everyday life and to strengthen practices and positive views for everyone.

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Integrating math to everyday life
Different communication strategies for a continuous challenge

Alejandra León-Castellá   CIENTEC, Costa Rica

Anabelle Castro   Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica, Costa Rica

There is a pervasive view in most societies that considers mathematics as a narrow field of expertise, open only to the more intelligent, mostly male participants of an elite part of the culture. On the one hand, formal education does not facilitate the incorporation of mathematical ideas and strategies in citizens’ every day practices. On the other hand, though there are some successful math communication strategies in different parts of the world, their effect is very localized and in need of bigger spaces to present, discuss and learn from these experiences. Here we share different perspectives, strategies and modalities used to communicate and involve people in mathematical activities sharing it’s beauty, usefulness and connections with the arts, sciences, literature and technology. Traveling exhibits, mathematics through radio, podcast and blogs, mathematics festivals, math history through games, geometry and arts and more. We concentrate on the experience in Costa Rica, through formal and informal means, to influence education and build a more scientific citizenship, to influence values and beliefs, to bring down the barriers around the use of mathematics in everyday life and to strengthen practices and positive views for everyone.

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