Welcome back to Term 3! We’re busy at MAV with preparations being made for the Maths Talent Quest judging, the release of our 2016 Trial Exams and the first Maths Active Schools Full Day Event, Learn, Lead, Live on today at Malvern Primary School. And don’t forget that Early Bird bookings are available for the MAV 2016 conference until 1st August – come along at 2015 prices!
There’s no doubt STEM is in the news everywhere, and MAV is delighted to join AAMT as a supporter of the Day of STEM, which provides students with an opportunity to explore the career opportunities in this important sector. Look out for the STEM Cup, mentioned below.
The recent award of the Order of Australia to prominent mathematician Nalini Joshi focusses attention on the importance of women in STEM. You can read more about this wonderful role model in an article from India Link.
And the recent PISA report, Equations and Inequalities: Making Mathematics Accessible to All explores the inequalities in maths education around the world – everyone should have the opportunity to learn fundamental maths concepts - you can read more about it here.
We’ve got a great range of programs planned for Terms 3 and 4, including:
Check our registration page for a detailed list and bookings.
And keep an eye on the TEAM P website, for Spring Into TEAM P, an exciting event coming up to celebrate National Literacy and Numeracy Week - more on that in upcoming MAVlists!
Early Bird registrations are now open – book before 1st August, and pay 2015 prices! Visit our website for more information.
2016 MAV Trial exams are now available for purchase from the MAV shop
Ensure your VCE students are prepared for their final assessment by attending the MAV Revision lectures to be held in the Term 3 holiday break. Click here for registrations and full details.
Maths Talent Quest 2016
Registrations for the Maths talent Quest close on Friday 22 July. To register as a volunteer judge or to learn more about the MTQ, click here.
Statewide Maths Games Days
Registrations for these are filling fast, and in some cases approaching the closing date. Ensure your students have the opportunity to participate in Maths games and challenges with like-minded students from across the state. Register here.
The 2017 National Mathematics Summer School
The 2017 NMSS will be held in Canberra from 8th - 21st January, 2017. The closing date for applications is 29th July, 2016 and the 90-minute selection MAV Test for NMSS will be held on 5th August, 2016 at the applicant’s school. Download an application form and find more information about this great opportunity here.
Aboriginal Summer School for Excellent in Technology and Science (ASSETS)
Applications for the 2016/17 Aboriginal Summer School for Excellence in Technology and Science (ASSETS) open on Monday June 13 2016. More than 100 students from all over Australia will come together at one of three summer schools to be held in Adelaide, Newcastle and Townsville over Dec/Jan, 2016/17.
ASSETS is for Year 10 students who are interested in science, technology, engineering or mathematics and who identify with their Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage.
ASSETS students will benefit from attending a nine-day summer school and participating in an ongoing leadership and support program designed to nurture and encourage these students through years 11 and 12. The summer school program combines interactive science inquiry activities with engaging cultural experiences. There is no cost to attend. Airfares, meals and accommodation are provided.
Applications open from 13 June to 31 July 2016. For more information and to apply, please visit www.csiro.au/indigenous-assets/apply or contact the team on 03 9545 8700 or by email at email@example.com.
ACER Research Conference 2016
ACER invites members of the Mathematical Association of Victoria to join leading educational researchers in Brisbane for Research Conference 2016. Centred on the theme ‘Improving STEM Learning: What will it take?’ Research Conference 2016 will showcase research that aims to equip, empower and assist our educational system to address these challenges at all levels, from classroom practice to governance and policy. As recognition for their work in mathematics within the education sector, members of MAV will receive a 20% discount on the price of full conference registration. Simply use the code ‘STEMASSOCIATION’ along with your MAV/AAMT membership number when registering to claim the discount.
To register, please click here.
International Conference of the Mathematics Education for the Future Project
The 13th International Conference of the Mathematics Education for the Future Project in Catania, Sicily September 2015, was attended by 130 people from 22 countries. The 2017 conference will be held at Balatonfüred, Balaton lake, Hungary from 10 – 15th September, 2017. The conference title, Mathematics Education for the next Decade, continues our search for innovation in mathematics, science, computing and statistics education. Our thirteen previous conferences since 1999 were renowned for their friendly and productive atmosphere, and attracted many movers and shakers from around the world.
We now call for papers and workshop summaries for presentation at the conference and publication in the printed conference proceedings. For further details and updates please email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Value Us. Value our Education. Value our Future.
The 2016 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mathematics Alliance Conference will be held at the Sandon Point Tent Embassy and University of Wollongong from Sunday 30th October – Wednesday 2nd November. Registration is now open, and places are limited. Help transform mathematics education for indigenous learners! For details on how to register or present, visit the ATSIMA conference website.
mLearn 2016 – the 15th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning will be held from 24th – 26th October, 2016, at the University of Technology Sydney. For program information or to submit a paper, visit the conference website.
National Schools Poster Competition
The National Schools Poster Competition, hosted by the Statistical Society of Australia, is on again for 2016. This project based learning activity involves teams of 2 to 5 school students, from Years 3 to 12. Teams create an informative poster presentation addressing a practical research question on an area of interest to them, utilizing the collection, presentation and interpretation of data. Registration is free, prizes are awarded to the best entries, and facilitators may be available to attend schools and assist. For registration, or more information, visit the competition website.
Primary Schools Maths Giveaway
To celebrate 10 years in Australia, 10ticks is giving away its Primary Worksheet Annual Licence for free for a limited time! To receive a free Primary Worksheet Licence, simply register with 10ticks as a new user or log in with your existing details by visiting the following page on their website - www.10ticks.com.au/PrimaryGiveaway. But be quick – only the first 100 schools will qualify!
Register Now for the STEM Cup Maths Challenge!
Day of STEM has announced an exciting new maths-based challenge called the STEM Cup, featuring the career of Collingwood Football Club's Capologist, Dominic Milesi. Suitable for students from Year 8 to University level, the challenge aims to inspire Australian students by placing them in a real world scenario, where they step into the role of the Capologist and use statistics, maths and problem solving skills to draft the ultimate team while staying beneath the AFL salary cap.
The TEMPEST Project is aiming to improving Professional Learning for mathematics teachers. This project, funded by the Australian Department of Education, through the Australian Maths and Science Partnerships Program (AMSPP), aims to:
The survey seeks to find out from teachers what they regard as quality professional learning, and what their current needs are. If you would like to take part in this important project, visit this link . The closing date for submissions is Wednesday 10th August.
Concepts vs Procedures
Should we be focusing on concepts or procedures in the mathematics classroom? See the latest TEDx talk from Sunshine College teachers Yvonne Reilly and Jodie Parsons, where they explore this question.
Are you looking for old text books from the 70s? One of our members is doing a clean out, and has some books available. If you are interested contact the MAV office at 9380 2399 or email@example.com
Burkard the Mathologer has been investigating the 4D Rubik’s cube – as if a regular cube isn’t confusing enough! See his latest video here.
And if you don’t believe in the 4th dimension, have a look at the Maths Masters latest movie clip
Where’s the maths in tennis?
Wimbledon may be over, but you can still get excited by tennis – the mathematics involved in tennis, that is. >Visit the Nova website to discover how mathematics is used to rank tennis players, structure tournaments, analyse probabilities and more.
Just a quick reminder that neither the MAV nor its staff endorse any commercial products or resources - if you receive any marketing material or correspondence that indicates we have endorsed a particular product, this is not the case.
That’s it for now. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have anything you think our subscribers would be interested in – we love hearing from you!
Until next time,