Mathematics laboratory is a place to enjoy mathematics through informal exploration. It is a place where anyone can generate problems and struggle to get a answer. It is a space to explore and design new mathematical activities. So, the maths lab should not be used to assess students’ knowledge of mathematics. Often mathematics lab takes students knowledge beyond the curriculum. Mathematics laboratory is a self-explanatory lab with activities, in which students could come anytime (free to them) and engage in the work, continue working on the problems/tasks, and use teachers as and when they are stuck. We have also included a couple of activities suitable for a lower level — the place-value snake and the fraction chart. The items have been grouped under two broad headings: (i) activities and (ii) games and puzzles. The activities could be done individually by students, with guidance from a teacher, or could be used for demonstration with a small group of students. Some of the activities could also be used as teaching aids in a classroom. The games and puzzles are fun to do individually and all of them contain some element of mathematics which can be explored while doing them or as a sequel.
For School laboratory work tables with sin and reagent rack is recommended. These work tables are provided with storage cupboards to store individual apparatus, glassware and personal protective items. Separate storage cupboards for acids and corrosive chemicals is a must. Preparation table to prepare various chemicals mixture and formulations, teacher’s table, spillage kit, first aid kit, safety chart and fire extinguisher are other necessary requirements.