2010 Bridges Conference

Andreia Hall & Dulce Abreu


Andreia Hall & Dulce Abreu

Associate Professor of Mathematics/Pre-school Teacher

University of Aveiro/Jardim Infância da Chave - Gafanha da Nazaré

Aveiro, Gafanha Nazaré, Portugal



The Department of Mathematics of the University of Aveiro hosts a project on non-formal teaching of Mathematics which is developed in interaction with the surrounding community, in particular primary and pre-schools. In this project we create stories concerning certain mathematical concepts and we invite children to participate in the elaboration of the cenaries for the stories. One of the stories concerns geometric solids. Several children were asked to create platonic solids which become sculptures in an invented city, made up of many three dimensional shaped buildings. In addition they also recreated the existing music hall of Oporto, Casa da Música, intended for the imaginary city. The present work results from a joint collaboration with the Pre-school Chave of Gafanha da Nazaré.


Image for entry 'Platonic Solids'

Platonic Solids

50x50x15 cm

mixed medium on cardboard


This is a set of Platonic solids, created by 3 to 6 years old children, from Pre-school Chave of Gafanha da Nazaré, Portugal. The set is intended for an imaginary city where each building has a different form. The Platonic solids represent sculptures which stand in a main public square.
Image for entry 'Casa da Música, Oporto, Portugal'

Casa da Música, Oporto, Portugal


Mixed medium and painted cardboard


This work is a small scale plastic recreation, performed by 5 and 6 years old children, from Pre-school Chave of Gafanha da Nazaré, Portugal, of the existing music hall of Oporto, Casa da Música. The building is a outstanding example of an irregular polyhedron.