13-02-2022  Sunday


STEAMboat E4: Let’s Measure! Oh, is that so Simple?

Date: 13 February, 2022
Time: 11:00 - 12:00

Venue: Online Meeting/Video Conferencing

Coordinator: Dr. Sweta Naik


Dr. Shweta Naik talk about Measurements. The talk will be in Marathi. Join us on Zoom or YT:


About the Talk:

Measurements are an integral part of everyone’s life. We have become so accustomed to the idea of measuring and quantification that nowadays, our happiness and anxiety also get a number! Practices of measurement come from historical agreements, where we compare an unknown quantity with a known or standard one when we measure. This talk will illustrate the historical development of basic measurements such as length and area in the world and Indian context. Then we will unpack a chapter of history on measuring the volume of a sphere to understand the role of accuracy in measurement. Lastly, we will see how the development of standardised units is represented in school mathematics and examine some students’ practices wherein their after-school jobs required them to constantly make negotiations to achieve accuracy.

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About STEAMboat:

STEAMboat is a popular science series initiated by Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE), Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai. The idea is to reach out to the general populace through the online forum, by having engaging sessions on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) and related topics in Indian regional languages as well as English. If you are interested in getting updates about our next #STEAMboat session and other activities of HBCSE, do join our mailing list by filling this form. (https://bit.ly/3z9UcKm)