El periódico EL PROGRESO (25 abril 2013)
Yesterday’s afternoon at the Martínez Otero School in Foz was very special thanks to
the performance of the mathematician, Antonio Pomares Olivares, who gave a
mathematics in English as part of the centre’s language immersion activities.
The activity was designed for students in the third cycle of primary school and ESO and consisted of a series of games based on the mathematical magic squares using the Sudoku technique and the classic Spanish deck.
“It was an interdisciplinary academic activity, because the mathematical mental processes, of logical thinking and calculation and linguistic processes were involved, because the activity was entirely in English,” explained the school’s director, Tono Alonso.
This is not the only different activity that the students were able to enjoy during this week, as since last Thursday the campaign ‘Open a book, open the world’ has been underway at the school, which aims to encourage and motivate children and young people to enjoy reading.
The campaign consists of reading texts every day, until tomorrow, during the first five minutes of class, alluding to the need and benefits that reading has for children and adults.
These are texts by authors as diverse as Miguel Indurain, Rosa Montero and Jorge Luis Borges, who try to transmit a taste for books.
With this type of event, children enjoy different things that stimulate their desire to learn.
El periódico La Voz de Galicia (30 junio 2013)
Antonio Pomares Olivares Creator of a Mate-magia show
“With my magic square, children can practice sums better” says Antonio Pomares.
“The Magic Square can help children to add”
He has already taken his show, The Wizard of Foz, to three Foz schools
YOLANDA GARCIA – FOZ / THE VOICE
Mathematics and Magic are twinned giving life to “Mathematics-Magic”. And it is put into practice by Antonio Pomares Olivares, a 66 year old retired man, who, through the name of El Mago de Foz, pays homage to the town that welcomes him, as well as those of London and Alicante. His show is based on the magic square, in which the groups of four numbers always add up to 34. This is of Asian origin and Dürer introduced it to Europe through a painting. His unique version, the Magic Square of Foz, has been shown to Foz students and will be shown in San Lourenzo.
How did the idea come about?
I always liked numbers. Now I’m retired and have more time. Last year, I was spinning it with some coloured magnets stuck to the fridge. They can be put in such a way that no colour is repeated. I thought I could do it with the 4 by 4 magic square, improve it. And I moved it to the Spanish deck, which is more complicated. In the magic square I saw a potential to help children practice addition.
Where is the “magic”?
It draws a lot of attention first because everything adds up the same and because 30 of the 48 cards can be guessed. It’s not just a show, but it would be a failure. I want people to keep playing at home alone or with someone else, to activate the mind. This is closer to sudoku.
How do you spread it?
I have a Japanese friend who has designed the website http://cuadrado magicodefoz.com/ and I will also make it known in London and Alicante and to the elderly
El periódico EL PROGRESO (9 abril 2020)
A 73 year-old from Alicante creates the Fozudoku, which plays with the Spanish deck
Pablo Yáñez | April 09, 2020
Antonio Pomares spends the summer in Foz, where his wife is from. The sudokus and their solutions can be found on his Facebook
The confinement due to the coronavirus pandemic that is taking place in Spain and much of the world, and which will be one month old in a few days, means that boredom may be just around the corner.
To avoid this, Antonio Pomares Olivares, a native of Alicante who spends his summers in Foz, has devised Fozudoku, a sudoku made from a Spanish deck of 48 cards.
This game consists of three squares containing 16 cards each. In each square there are six cards discovered, in total 18 among the three squares, and the remaining 30 must be discovered, as in the game of sudoku, taking into account the 24 groups of four cards that add up to the same thing and without any suit being repeated. The first square on the left adds up to 22, the one in the middle to 26 and the one on the right to 30.
Every day, Antonio Pomares puts a new Fozudoku on his Facebook page and the next day the solution. To date, 19 Fozudoku have been made during this time we are spending at home to avoid contagion and to spread the Covid-19. This Alicante-based company also has a website for this game, which is cuadradomagicodefoz.com.
The idea of this alicantino was to put the name of Spanish Sudoku, but he discarded the idea because he had copyright.
A Japanese friend of his proposed that he name it Foz, where his wife, Dolores Bustamente, was born and where they spend their summers. And so it was.
Today’s children do not have the mental agility that we used to have
Pomares is a great lover of numbers. In the house where he spends his summers in Foz he has, on the facade, a magic square made of coloured tiles.
“Some people like crosswords or wordsearch puzzles and others like Sudoku; I’m more about numbers than letters,” he says from his home in Alicante.
The aim of Pomares is to get children to play this game so that they can use their attention and logic, also using arithmetic: “The children of today do not have the mental agility that we used to have,” says Pomares. “Before we used to play board games, Parcheesi, cards, now they play other things; you now tell a child how much seven and eight add up to and they have to think about it,” he assures.
This Alicante-based man also has a Whatsapp group, which so far has 36 people, where every day he also puts a Fozudoku” and his solutions the next day. Retired, at the age of 73, Antonio worked in the London post office for 35 years, although he also did a number of other jobs. The confinement caught his wife Focega in the British capital and him in Alicante, where they were going to meet at Easter. Something they would not be able to do due to the closure of borders in Spain.
Interview on Valadouro Radio / Pepe Peinó
Interview by Radio FOZ (6 September 2020)