Mathematics Education Study Program, Faculty of Education and Teacher Training (FKIP), Universitas Muhammadiyah Surakarta (UMS), held a math props exhibition at the Moh. Djazman Auditorium on Friday (01/04/2018). During the exhibition, the students seemed to be occupied in elucidating the function of the props.
Approximately 200 students of Mathematic Education program participated in this exhibition. They were enrolled in the course of 'Pratikum Alat Peraga Mathematika'. It is a compulsory course that must be taken by students of Mathematics Education in the 7th semester.
Naufal Ishartono, S.Pd., M.Pd., as the lecturer of the course, clarified that this exhibition was intended as a practice test for the students.
"Actually, it is a test for math prop practices. This year, we devise this exhibition concept. Since it is a pilot, hence it is still a close, private exhibition. Hopefully, it will be open for public next year," Naufal explained.
A total of 53 props were tested for their feasibility and effectiveness. Various models of teaching props were created for math classes at primary and secondary education levels.
Naufal further explicated, the produced props were divided into two categories, namely electric and non-electric props.
"For categorization, there are only two categories, namely electric and non-electric props. As for the function of the props, they are useful to support the materials in SD, SMP and SMA," he added.
One of the participants, Dimas Aditya, testified that practice test with the exhibition concept was effective and innovative. "It is an efficient test, instead of solely discussing theories. Moreover, we are contented that our works are on display and seen by others" he informed.
Another participant, Aris Setia Nugroho, admitted that he was proud to take part in this exhibition. The opportunity to show off his work became the main reason. In addition, this event is also beneficial in which it offers props so as learning math can be more fun. "I am happy and feeling more useful for others, by creating this prop" he concluded.