The third international multidisciplinary camp «Formula of Unity», organized by the Euler Foundation together with St. Petersburg State University, was divided into two schools: a Russian one and an international session.
The international school was from July 17 to July 31, and 79 schoolchildren participated in it, including:
- 49 from Russia,
- 8 from Romania,
- 6 from Spain,
- 5 from France
- And 11 from Ecuador.
57 participants were engaged in four Mathematics clubs, 11 children took part in a Computer science group and 11 students — in a humanitarian club.
Young Russian mathematicians in the camp were mainly successful participants of the on-line Maths club «Formula of Unity» at the St. Petersburg State University, and also successful participants in the previous similar camps. When we invited schoolchildren to the club and the camp, the priority was given to children from small towns and rural areas who have fewer opportunities to obtain additional mathematical education.
A total of 72 academic hours of classes were given (6 in each of 12 days). One day was a day off with an excursion to St. Petersburg.
The main part of the mathematical studies was in the form of traditional group lessons where children solved Olympiad problems. Moreover, a number of popular lectures on various topics were read, including lectures by S.V. Vostokov (St. Petersburg), A. Campillo (Valladolid), V. Fock (Strasbourg), D.V. Zuev (Saint-Petersburg) and R. Mollano (Seville).
The life in the camp was organized on the basis of the method of collective creative education by Ivan Ivanov. The work based on this technique (also called the pedagogy of common concern) was organized by counselors from the pedagogical group «Change» at the Leningrad State University named after A.S. Pushkin. All participants were divided into groups from 12 to 16 people where children of different ages and nationalities worked together. Every day the groups participated in collective creative tasks, which in most cases had been developed by the participants themselves during Council meetings. The groups analyzed their work, selected new duty commanders and interchanged their traditional creative tasks during evening «lights».