puzzle workshops to entertain and instruct
listen, I forget; I see, I recall; I do, I understand"
How to focus the attention? Give a desire to participate? Encourage
the creative explorating? By catalyzing the natural
curiosity of the children (and of the grown-ups, of course).
addition to our editorial
activities, we propose and organize puzzle workshops
and activities for cultural or scientific events. We are puzzle
enthusiasts, along with our educational games and exhibit material
we frequently travel all over Europe to attend cultural and
educational events, holding workshops and sharing our knowledge
and ideas with adults and children alike (training courses,
exhibitions, workshops). We aim to communicate the wonder of
science and mathematics to the public in exciting, involving
and entertaining ways: by creating, experimenting and demonstrating
hands-on puzzles. Our interactive activities and workshops
are intended for an interested general
public having no prior specific math or scientific
knowledge (appropriate for children age 11 and up).
offer and perform non-stop puzzle activities and workshops,
and optical illusion shows and exhibitions for
Companies, public institutions, organizations (training)
Festivals, fairs, scientific or cultural events.
below are two of our most requested activities & workshops:
a recreational angle, mathematics can lead us to the
discovery of weird paradoxes challenging our common
sense. Each student/visitor who attends this workshop
will experiment and realize his own ‘magic’ math
puzzle with everyday materials and explore different
branches of mathematics. Our main object is to sharpen
the eyes of the young and adult participants to the
unexpected surprises that even the simplest things
Eyes vs Mind
the guidance of an expert facilitator each person
taking part in this workshop will be involved in
particular situations where the mind deceives us.
Everyone will discover original
optical illusions, realize a perceptive puzzle
and discover some incredible paradoxes of the mind
and of our visual system... Sure, it is fun to be
astonished by an illusion, but it is even more fun
and instructive to imagine how it could actually
a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, with orginal
games invented by us, and also with everyday objects, we
have entertained thousands of people at conventions and festivals...
Our great asset is to know how to turn the ordinary into the
extraordinary: with objects or experiments which seem at first
sight 'banal', we involve you more and more!
structure of our shows and workshops is dynamic because we concentrate
on the essentials leaving ample space for creative improvisation
which integrates perfectly with projects and programs linked
to cultural, educational and social themes.
also hold occasional 'creative thinking' and 'creative improvisation'
workshops. During these workshops, exercices and puzzle examples
will be used to spark ideas that will energize your brain and
increase your ability to realize your objectives. Sometimes,
creativity is simply making new things out of ordinary objects
objectives are to:
- improve the spread of Mathematics and Science through simple
experiments and games;
- awaken the general public to scientific themes arousing curiosity
- revalue and promote the 'manual ability' and other forms of expression
or didactic means;
- supply a balanced vision of Science and to help young people
to overcome the 'fear of mistakes' encouraging them to transform
those mistakes or problems into occasions of improvement and creative
- stimulate the impromptu creativity or rather the capacity
to create new things out of everyday objects, ready to hand following
the inspiration of the moment;
- Promote integration and cultural exchanges.
much rooms do you need for your activities?
- Generally, a minimum space of 3x4 meters.
you need specific facilities or furniture?
- No, just a well-lit site with 2 or more tables along with 4 chairs.
If possible, screens and panels to display posters and visual materials.
you need a particular location?
- Preferably a place with maximum visibility where people are constantly
coming and going.
you bringing any materials?
- Yes! Posters, some risk-free ‘scientific’ devices,
a lot of mechanical puzzles and hands-on materials.
much do your activities and workshops cost?
- 500.00 Euros for minimum 2 days (5 hours a day).
Workshop prices include 2 facilitators, and rental equipment.
there extra expenses?
- Yes, travelling + board and lodging expenses must be taken care
of by the requestor/organizer (or are billed in addition to and
separately from fees for activities and services). As invited lecturers/facilitators,
we usually ask the requestor/organizer who schedules our workshop(s)
to take all necessary steps for arranging our trip and logding
enough in advance.
of puzzles we
realize with the visitors.
puzzles the visitors can manipulate and solve.
gallery of our workshops and exhibits.
our forthcoming activities (workshops & exhibits).
Complete bibliography of
Gianni A. Sarcone & Marie-Jo Waeber.
des Mathématiques, Paris (F)