Education is the pillar of our society. Learning of science is part of a global approach of the development of knowledge and critical thought, for children as well as adults.
Under the supervision of my former colleague Marc Monticelli of the LJAD laboratory in Nice, France, we developed a large content that aims at promoting science, and in particular mathematics and physics, with an emphasis on mid- and high-school students.
In 2019, during the Fête de la Science in Nice, Marc set up the Mathemarium concept. As a part of this idea, we created a set of practical demonstrations on the relations between the lungs and mathematics. Wooden and 3D-printed toys, flyers, inflatable lung models were at disposal of the children, teenagers and parents to allow them to approach the mathematical and physical constraints - geometry, semi-fractal properties, mechanics - of this particular organ, and of the body in general. Photos and details of this event here.
Still in 2019, with my former colleague Frédérique Noël, we participated to the Festival Sport-Santé in Marseille, France during which we presented the concept of optimization of ventilation for sport performance. To do so, we set up 3D experiments for ventilation visualization, and we produced posters and videos in relation with breathing in athletes.
In 2020, during the Fête de la Science in Nice, which was a live event due to the COVID-19 pandemics, I presented a talk about fractals and the lung, and why breathing is (also) mathematics. The talk was performed as YouTube live presentation on the links between mathematical modelling and health research, by taking the respiratory system modelling as an example. The presentation was addressed to mid- and high-school students in the Alpes-Maritimes.