SmartPool combines pool and snooker billiards with mathematics/arithmetic for young students.
SmartPool combines pool and snooker billiards with mathematics/arithmetic for young students (9 to 15 years).
SmartPool's goal is to make beta courses more attractive through the combination with pool and snooker. For schools, a curriculum is developed in which the elements of pool and snooker have been translated into mathematical issues (for example, calculating with billiard balls (number concept and basic arithmetic), hitting the right point (geometry) or finding the correct angle (geometry with angles), for example by visualizing pool and snooker situations. The reason for this is that children often don’t think math is cool. By introducing SmartPool, the pupils not only improve their skills in the field of mathematics and numeracy, but also to improve their precision and concentration skills. With SmartPool, students can further develop all these skills in an accessible and fun way.
Research shows that 96% of students like math through SmartPool and 82% of the math teachers indicated that with SmartPool they are better able to teach math.
Besides the benefits for math, SmartPool introduces children to the precision sports of pool and snooker in a unique way. Good for the development of fine motor skills, but also important to get more children into sports
SmartPool was started in the Netherlands by Erik van Haren and Willem La Riviere, two former athletes (top sixteen pool players).
In the Netherlands, SmartPool has been expanded with Snooker and is now called SmartCue. The teaching material has recently been translated into several languages and SmartPool started in Finland, Bulgaria, Cyprus and Germany.