Past Events

MathsCraft: Catholic Ladies' College, Eltham VIC

When: 

Friday 31 August 2018, 11:15am – 2:45pm

Mathscraft

Mathscraft is a fun event for high school students, which aims to give them a taste of what 'real' maths is like. They are led through finding ways to solve problems by spotting patterns, making conjectures, and convincing themselves and others. They'll also have the opportunity to meet and work with research mathematicians.

This event is free, with morning tea provided. It's aimed at year 7-9 students with any level of interest in maths.

 

Archimedes Lecture 2018 - Mathematics: Beauty, Power and Danger @ Swinburne University

When: 

Thurs 16 August 2018, 5:30pm -7:00pm

Public talks

Mathematics is one of humanity's most powerful inventions. In this talk we will discuss what makes it so powerful, what constitutes beauty and why mathematicians place such an emphasis on beauty, and how, like any powerful tool or technology, it can be dangerous.

 

Maths Arcade @ University of Melbourne

When: 

Wed 15 Aug 2018, 5:30pm - 7:00pm

The MATHS ARCADE is a night of everyone's favourites: computer games and mathematics! Just like a rad video arcade back in the day, we'll have heaps of awesome games, and you don’t even need any coins. Come and compete to get your initials in the Hall of Fame! There will be plentiful food, drinks, maths and fun. Supported by the most excellent Pac-people at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers (ACEMS).

Melbourne, the Maths Capital of the World (Monash University)

When: 

Tuesday 14th August. Reception from 6:00pm, lecture to commence at 6:30pm.

Public talks
Melbourne is an amazing city for mathematically inspired architecture. Your guide Burkard Polster will demonstrate with a whirlwind tour of mathematical Melbourne: explore the rep-tiles of Federation Square, cast a 5-dimensional Penrose shadow at Storey Hall, experience life in a one-sided holiday house, and much more. Is it all really maths? Come see!

Is this your card? (University of Melbourne)

When: 

Mon 13 Aug 2018, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Public talks
Pick a card, any card! The immortal phrase of the magician. In this talk, we'll look at some great card tricks that have simple maths behind them. This show is for all ages, so bring a deck of cards, a pen and some paper and we'll do mathematical magic. This event will be presented by mathematician Anthony Mays and maths teacher Jennifer Palisse, and is a collaboration with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers (ACEMS).

MathsCraft and the Everyday Maths Classroom (Sydney)

When: 

Monday 13 August 2018, 9am – 3pm

Mathscraft

This one-day professional development workshop is designed to help teachers give their students an authentic experience of ‘doing maths’ while at the same time supporting success in tests and examinations.

Enabling your students to work in a way that is similar to the way a research mathematician works can dramatically change the classroom experience, for the better. Would you like to find out how, for example, a topic like Pythagoras’ Theorem could be approached a little differently?

In their work, research mathematicians do not generally sit competitions, have daily lessons or lectures, or study for tests and exams.

So what do they do? Among other things, they use previously learned facts and know-how to solve problems, problems that they initially have no idea how to solve.

In this workshop you will be tasked with solving various ‘simple’ problems, and in doing so, a way of working will reveal itself that offers an alternative to teaching just the calculations associated with mathematical ideas. You will learn how to give your students an authentic experience of ‘doing maths’ in much the same way that professional mathematicians do.


Contact:      Anita Ponsaing <anita.ponsaing@unimelb.edu.au>
Cost:           Free. Morning Tea and Lunch by own arrangement (many food venues nearby)

 

Science and the search for missing flight MH370 - an ACEMS National Science Week 2018 Public Lecture

When: 

Saturday, 11 August, 2018, 2 pm - 4 pm

Public talks
Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing went missing on 8 March 2014 with 239 passengers and crew on board.

The aircraft remains missing despite the largest, longest and most technically challenging search in history.

Two experts associated with the search -- Neil Gordon and Peter Foley -- will speak on the associated science defining the search area, and the methods used to search the deep ocean floor in a remote area of the Indian Ocean.

MathsCraft: Walford Anglican School for Girls, Adelaide SA

When: 

Friday 10 August 2018, 9:30am – 12:30pm

Mathscraft

Mathscraft is a fun event for high school students, which aims to give them a taste of what 'real' maths is like. They are led through finding ways to solve problems by spotting patterns, making conjectures, and convincing themselves and others. They'll also have the opportunity to meet and work with research mathematicians.

This event is free, with morning tea provided. It's aimed at year 7-9 students with any level of interest in maths.

 

MathsCraft and the Everyday Maths Classroom (Brisbane)

When: 

Friday 29 June 2018, 9am – 3pm

Mathscraft

This one-day professional development workshop is designed to help teachers give their students an authentic experience of ‘doing maths’ while at the same time supporting success in tests and examinations.

Enabling your students to work in a way that is similar to the way a research mathematician works can dramatically change the classroom experience, for the better. Would you like to find out how, for example, a topic like Pythagoras’ Theorem could be approached a little differently?

In their work, research mathematicians do not generally sit competitions, have daily lessons or lectures, or study for tests and exams.

So what do they do? Among other things, they use previously learned facts and know-how to solve problems, problems that they initially have no idea how to solve.

In this workshop you will be tasked with solving various ‘simple’ problems, and in doing so, a way of working will reveal itself that offers an alternative to teaching just the calculations associated with mathematical ideas. You will learn how to give your students an authentic experience of ‘doing maths’ in much the same way that professional mathematicians do.


Contact:      Anita Ponsaing <anita.ponsaing@unimelb.edu.au>
Cost:           Free. Morning Tea and Lunch by own arrangement (many food venues nearby)

MathsCraft and the Everyday Maths Classroom (Melbourne)

When: 

Thursday 28 June 2018, 9am – 3pm

Mathscraft

This event is booked out. Go here and click on "Register" to join the waiting list.

This one-day professional development workshop is designed to help teachers give their students an authentic experience of ‘doing maths’ while at the same time supporting success in tests and examinations.

Enabling your students to work in a way that is similar to the way a research mathematician works can dramatically change the classroom experience, for the better. Would you like to find out how, for example, a topic like Pythagoras’ Theorem could be approached a little differently?

In their work, research mathematicians do not generally sit competitions, have daily lessons or lectures, or study for tests and exams.

So what do they do? Among other things, they use previously learned facts and know-how to solve problems, problems that they initially have no idea how to solve.

In this workshop you will be tasked with solving various ‘simple’ problems, and in doing so, a way of working will reveal itself that offers an alternative to teaching just the calculations associated with mathematical ideas. You will learn how to give your students an authentic experience of ‘doing maths’ in much the same way that professional mathematicians do.


Contact:      Anita Ponsaing <anita.ponsaing@unimelb.edu.au>
Cost:           Free. Morning Tea and Lunch by own arrangement (many food venues nearby)

MathsCraft and the Everyday Maths Classroom (Adelaide)

When: 

Friday 22 June 2018, 9am – 3pm

Mathscraft

This event is booked out. Go here and click on "Register" to join the waiting list.

This one-day professional development workshop is designed to help teachers give their students an authentic experience of ‘doing maths’ while at the same time supporting success in tests and examinations.

Enabling your students to work in a way that is similar to the way a research mathematician works can dramatically change the classroom experience, for the better. Would you like to find out how, for example, a topic like Pythagoras’ Theorem could be approached a little differently?

In their work, research mathematicians do not generally sit competitions, have daily lessons or lectures, or study for tests and exams.

So what do they do? Among other things, they use previously learned facts and know-how to solve problems, problems that they initially have no idea how to solve.

In this workshop you will be tasked with solving various ‘simple’ problems, and in doing so, a way of working will reveal itself that offers an alternative to teaching just the calculations associated with mathematical ideas. You will learn how to give your students an authentic experience of ‘doing maths’ in much the same way that professional mathematicians do.


Contact:      Anita Ponsaing <anita.ponsaing@unimelb.edu.au>
Cost:           Free. Morning Tea and Lunch by own arrangement (many food venues nearby)

MathsCraft: Coomera Anglican College, Gold Coast QLD

When: 

1:00pm – 4:00pm, Tuesday 20 March 2018

Mathscraft

Mathscraft is a fun event for high school students, which aims to give them a taste of what 'real' maths is like. They are led through finding ways to solve problems by spotting patterns, making conjectures, and convincing themselves and others. They'll also have the opportunity to meet and work with research mathematicians.

This event is free, with morning tea provided. It's aimed at year 7/8 students with any level of interest in maths.

 
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