The First International Mathematical Camp «Formula of Unity» was held on July 17–29, 2012 in St. Petersburg in the Academic Gymnasium of St. Petersburg State University. It was organized by the St. University with the Euler Foundation and the universities of Seville and Valladolid. The idea of the camp had begun with the agreement between the Euler Foundation and the Institute of Mathematics of the University of Seville on annual camps in Russia and Spain starting in 2012.
70 schoolchildren took part in the camp: 37 from Russia, 30 from Spain, 2 from China and 1 from Croatia. Among the Russian participants, the majority (20) came from Karelia, and the rest represented Krasnodar, Bavly (Tatarstan) and St. Petersburg. Five of the Spanish participants had studied in the math school in Valladolid, and the other 25 kids had been selected from the students of the ESTALMAT system in Andalusia. The age of the participants, with a few exceptions, varied from 14 to 18 years. Participants were divided into 3 study groups based on their age and mathematics skills.
The curriculum (60 academic hours) included:
- solving non-standard problems;
- «mathematical battles», other mathematical games and competitions that implied «collective work» (collaboration) of students (mathematical auction, mathematical domino, abacus, mathematical merry-go-round);
- Oral and written mathematical Olympiads;
- «Introduction to the specialty» — popular lectures on various sections of modern mathematics, read by invited St. Petersburg mathematicians. We will mention only a few lectures:
- «What has proved Grigory Perelman»,
- «Unsolvable algorithmic problems»,
- «Congruent numbers»,
- «Inversion in geometry»,
- «Rotations and the theory of relativity»,
- «Introduction to bioinformatics».
The classes were conducted by the tutors from the Youth Mathematical School at the St. Petersburg State University and from the St. Petersburg Center for Mathematical Education at the Physics and Mathematics Lyceum No. 239.
Extracurricular work on the basis of the methods of collective creative education was organized according to different age groups that did not coincide with the training groups. This work was conducted by teachers and psychologists — members of the pedagogical group «The Change» of the Leningrad State University named after A. S. Pushkin. For the past 10 years they have maintained and developed this technique.
We had such excursions as a sightseeing tour to St. Petersburg, a visit to the Hermitage and the Peter and Paul Fortress, a boat trip along the rivers and canals of St. Petersburg and an excursion to the fountains of Peterhof.