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Solving Problems with Maths!

Solving Problems with Maths!

Where do we use Maths in everyday life? How do Mathematicians use maths to solve problems? This workshop gives students in Years 4 - 6 a taste of real-life mathematical problem solving via a series of mini-workshops that take place on one afternoon. The mini-workshops are:

Problem 1: Where am I, exactly?

You will use Mathematics to find where you are! You'll find some nearby geocaches too.

Problem 2: How do flowers know how to grow?

You will learn about the pattern that flowers follow when they grow and you’ll create geometric art!

Problem 3: How do we put large objects into Space?

You will learn about how origami folds have enabled us to send large objects into Space!

Problem 4: How do machines send messages?

You will learn how to use binary, the code that is used by computers to send messages.


This year, MAT has offered three Solving Problems with Maths! student workshops. We have received very positive feedback from students, parents and teachers. A Launceston parent said:

[Our sons] had a wonderful time yesterday. They couldn't stop talking about all they had learned. I haven't seen them so excited about ideas for a while. What a wonderful program... It was the best $15 that I have ever spent for each child! The team that gave up their weekend, to run this class, should be applauded. To spend their time exciting our children about ideas, for such little compensation, is noble and praiseworthy!


Burnie: Sunday 30th July 2017

Launceston: Saturday 23rd October 2017

Hobart: Saturday 4th November, 12:30pm - 4:30pm.Register for Hobart: http://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/solving-problems-with-maths-student-workshop-hobart-tickets-37526738485 

The cost is $15 per student and includes a pizza lunch.

Due to presenter availability, there is an overall limit of 80 students. Registrations close approximately three days before the event. The registration process is lengthy and is best completed by/with the child's parent. Please note that we cannot accept cash payments on the day; students MUST be registered via Eventbrite.

Organiser: Emily Peterson (emily.peterson@education.tas.gov.au), MAT Committee Member


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