Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences Students Participated in the 2nd International Postgraduate Conference on Science and Mathematics (IPCSM) in Malaysia

Students of Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Science, Rita Suryani, Mariana Ramelan, and Nurul Hidayah, participated in the 2nd International Postgraduate Conference on Science and Mathematics (IPCSM) which was held in Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris on 18th - 19th October 2014. They presented a paper entitled “Fermathwan (Fun Learning Mathematics with Punakawan): Innovation Learning Mathematics Based on Character and Culture in Indonesia”.

Mariana explained that Fermathwan is an innovative and educative mathematics learning method which combines educational and cultural aspects. Traditional Javanese puppets, Wayang Punakawan, are used to motivate students and make them feel more interested in learning mathematics so that they are able to understand the materials which are often regarded difficult.

To implement this innovative method, teachers could follow these following stages: appreciating and motivating, grouping, making the scenario, making the Punakawan puppets, conducting presentation and discussion, observing and reflecting, and evaluating to strengthen the mathematics concept the students get. By applying this method, mathematics would be more interesting, creative, and fun to learn. Moreover, it helps students to respect cultures and improve their communication and cooperation skills since they are asked to involve in a role play. (witono/silva)