Middle school

to probability

With the support of the Fondation Engie, the Cournot Fondation has created a program to introduce probability theory and economics to students in Priority Education Networks (REP) in France.

For the 2018–2019 school year, the first project has been set up with two REP middle schools: the Collège des Petits Ponts in Clamart, near Paris, and the Collège de Penn ar C’hleuz in Brest, in the Brittany region. Volunteer students aged 13-15 of these middle schools have been paired under the guidance of the mathematics professor Josselin Garnier.

The aim of the Cournot workshops is to have the students work on a research project throughout the school year. The workshops take place weekly in the two middle schools, and the coordination between the two groups is organized by the schools’ math teachers and Professor Garnier.

The three workshops, composed of 3 to 4 students each, are based on experimental games:

  • the game of double or quits
  • the game of martingales: heads or tails?
  • the game of the maximum

The Foundation is working in collaboration with the French association for the promotion of mathematics Math en Jeans (MeJ) to carry out the project. In the spring, the students will participate in Math en Jeans’ annual conference to present the results of their workshops using different media: an auditorium presentation, a stand with posters, interactive games and an article to be published in the conference proceedings at the end of the school year.

For more information on these Cournot-sponsored, REP middle-school probability workshops, go to:

22-24 March 2019

Math en Jeans National Conference


As part of its Initiation to Probability program for middle-school students from Priority Education networks (REP) in France, the Cournot Foundation sponsored students from the Collège des Petits Ponts in Clamart, near Paris, to attend the annual national conference of the association Math en Jeans at CentraleSupélec Higher Education and Research Institution in Saclay. The students had a stand, presenting the methods and results of their work on the game of maximum.

Monday, 11 FEBRUARY, 2019 AT 2:00 pm

Initiation to Probability: Middle-School Students Take on Martingales

École polytechnique - Palaiseau

Speakers: Clément Martin (Collège des Petits Ponts, Clamart) and Josselin Garnier (École Polytechnique)

As part of the Cournot programme for middle school students in Priority Education Networks (REP) in France, Josselin Garnier, Professor at the École Polytechnique, hosted, along with their mathematics teacher Clément Martin, a group of 14 and 15-year-olds from the Collège des Petits Ponts in Clamart for an afternoon dedicated to games of probability: the game of double or quits, the game of martingales, and the game of the maximum.