Mathematics is the language of science. The concept of a mathematics laboratory has become very popular in recent years. Mathematics laboratory is a room wherein we find collection of different kinds of materials and teaching/learning aids, needed to help the students understand the concepts through relevant, meaningful and concrete activities. These activities may be carried out by the teacher or the students to explore the world of mathematics, to learn, to discover and to develop an interest in the subject.

At Maharaja Agrasen International School we have Mathematics Laboratory. This laboratory have a unique room or place, with relevant and up-to-date equipment known as instructional materials, designated for the teaching and learning of mathematics and other scientific or research work, whereby a trained and professionally qualified person readily interact with students on specified set of instructions. Permitting students to learn abstract concepts through concrete experiences and thus increase their understanding of those ideas. Enabling students to personally experience the joy of discovering principles and relationships. Maths Laboratory helps in the proper utilization of leisure time. It helps in arousing and maintaining students’ interest in practical learning. At MAIS we have following type of materials, resources and equipment in Mathematics Laboratory. Our mathematics laboratory containing materials for understanding Area, Volume, Trigonometry, Algebra, Fractions, Number & Place Value, problem solving activities, Addition & Subtraction, Multiplication & Division, percentages, weight & measure etc.**The Functions and Objective of Maths laboratory at Maharaja Agrasen International School**

- Arousing interest and motivating learning of Maths.
- Encouraging and developing creative problems solving ability.
- Allowing for individual differences in manner and speed at which students learn
- Allowing students to engage in the doing rather than being a passive observer or recipient of knowledge in the learning process.
- Mathematics club helps in the proper utilization of leisure time.
- It provides the students with opportunities to develop their explorative, creative and inventive faculties.
- It inculcates the habit of self-study and independent work among the students.
- It provides an informal and a social atmosphere, which the classroom can hardly provide.
- It helps in developing heuristic and problem solving attitude among the students.
- It provides opportunities for students to translate the theory into practice and to apply their learning in daily life situations.
- It helps the student to imbibe social qualities like co-operation, tolerance, adjustment and open-mindedness, as they work in groups.
- The informal knowledge acquired through mathematics club activities supplements classroom learning.
- Mathematics Lab concept extend learning beyond the limits of the classroom.
- Lab activities provide first hand experiences to the learners as they participate in model making, arranging for exhibition, field work, laboratory work and so on.

**Importance of Maths Lab at Maharaja Agrasen International School**

- It is useful in arousing and maintaining interest in mathematics.
- It stimulates the active participation of the students.
- The knowledge gained by students in various functions of such club activities supplements the classroom teaching.
- It provides the students and opportunity of free discussion and they are benefited from one another’s view.
- It gives the students basic training in such programmes.
- It is helpful in making proper utilization of leisure time.
- It helps in developing the habit of self-study among the students.
- It proves helpful in acquainting the students with the latest knowledge and developments in mathematics.
- It gives them opportunity to translate the theory into practice and to make use of their learning in day to day life.
- It provides opportunity to discuss the classroom topics in detail and this helps in knowing more and more about the subject.
- It gives an opportunity to work together then the students learn the lesson of co-operation.
- The students get opportunity of mathematical hobbies relation, projects, games, discussions talks etc.
- It provides an opportunity of listening to experts and teachers from outside.
- It provides an opportunity to inter school and intra school mathematical competitions.
- It is an agency to prepare and display mathematical illustration.

**General Pedagogy for Mathematics Lab at MAIS**At MAIS pedagogy is developed in such a manner that it helps in all round development of a learner at the same time it is easily understood by all. It is the Art and Science of Profession teaching and developing educational methods. That is why, in developing the pedagogy following is specified

- Content is made more relevant to the children’s life and experiences.
- Effective approach of teaching learning process of the subject is specified as activities based, learner centred, load free, stress free, enjoyable and effective.
- It is aimed at the learner’s 100% competency development and making her/ him a competent person covering her/his total mental growth, which can be, reflected in the day to day actions and whole life activities.
- Maths Pedagogy is realistic, practical, useful, suitable and justified up to the learner’s mental ability according to its level rather than stereo type, theoretical and traditional.
- Our Aim is to remove “fear psychosis” among the learners on the subject with proper instruction for creating interest and love for the subject.
- To make Maths more understandable, enjoyable & permanently retained in the mind of the learner using more of fun and activities.
- The subjects are made interesting, enjoyable, useful and there cannot be better way than these Lab concept.
- Learner becomes creative, gets logical thinking, learns various problem solving techniques.
- Activities in Maths Lab is appealing to wide range of people, of different ages and varying learning proficiency.

**List of activities**Here is a list of activities for young Mathematics students:

**To carry out the following paper folding activities:**Finding –- Bisector of an angle,
- Median of a triangle.
- Mid point of a line segment,
- Perpendicular bisector of a line segment,
- Perpendicular to a line at a point given on the line,
- Perpendicular to a line from a point given outside it,

**To carry out the following activities using a geoboard:**- Find the area of any polygon by completing the rectangles.
- Find the area of any triangle.
- Given an area, obtain different polygons of the same area.
- Obtain a square on a given line segment.

- To obtain a parallelogram by paper–folding.
- To show that the area of a parallelogram is product of its base and height, using paper cutting and pasting. (Ordinary parallelogram and slanted parallelogram)
- To show that the area of a triangle is half the product of its base and height using paper cutting and pasting. (Acute, right and obtuse angled triangles)
- To verify the mid point theorem for a triangle, using paper cutting and pasting.
- To divide a given strip of paper into a specified number of equal parts using a ruled graph paper.
- To illustrate that the perpendicular bisectors of the sides of a triangle concur at a point (called the circumcentre) and that it falls
- Inside for an acute-angled triangle.
- On the hypotenuse of a right-angled triangle.
- Outside for an obtuse-angled triangle.

- To illustrate that the internal bisectors of angles of a triangle concur at a point (called the incentre), which always lies inside the triangle.
- To illustrate that the altitudes of a triangle concur at a point (called the orthocentre) and that it falls
- At the right angle vertex for a right angled triangle.
- Inside for an acute angled triangle.
- Outside for an obtuse angled triangle.

- To give a suggestive demonstration of the formula that the area of a circle is half the product of its circumference and radius. (Using formula for the area of triangle)
- To give a suggestive demonstration of the formula that the area of a circle is half the product of its circumference and radius. (Using formula for the area of rectangle)
- To verify that sum of any two sides of a triangle is always greater than the third side.
- To verify that the difference of any two sides of a triangle is always less than the third side.
- To explore criteria of congruency of triangles using a set of triangle cut outs.
- To obtain mirror images of figures with respect to a given line on a graph paper.