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Maths: Finding the inspiration factor

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Sydney University

New Law School Lecture Theatre 101, The University of Sydney

Sydney, New South Wales 2006

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Mathematics will be critical for the careers of tomorrow, yet Australia’s maths standards are dropping and an increasing number of students are opting for general maths courses, or worse, no maths courses, in their senior years.

We’re bringing together a panel of experts from backgrounds spanning education, technology and pure mathematics, to explore the future of maths in Australia.

The panel will look at:

  • The public perception of mathematics, compared with the perception of educators and others who love the subject. Are the curricula appropriate and exciting? What is the place of Mathematics in the modern school system?

  • Students are disengaging from mathematics. What kinds of students disengage, and when? Why? What stops them from re-engaging, and how can they be re-engaged?

  • What is the value of mathematics? Areas include career path, technological advancement, modern and civic life in general.

  • Why do people do the level of mathematics that they do? Are students being motivated appropriately? Are there demographics that are neglected unfairly?

  • How should mathematics be taught in the modern classroom? How can technology and cutting-edge pedagogy be harnessed?

More about the panel:

Adam Spencer:

Adam Spencer was completing a PhD in Pure Mathematics when he happened to win the national Triple J Raw Comedy championship in 1996. From there, a television and radio career beckoned and Adam completed 15 years as one of Australia’s most respected, wittiest and most thought provoking breakfast radio commentators across Triple J and later ABC 702. The author of THE LITTLE BOOK OF NUMBERS, Adam explained his love of prime numbers and the magic of maths to an enraptured TED audience in early 2013. Since being posted online, his talk has had over a million views. Adam is the ambassador for many charities including Redkite and in 2014 was appointed University of Sydney’s Ambassador for Math’s and Science. He also co-hosts Australia’s No 1 podcast, Sleek Geeks with Dr Karl. Adam’s latest books include THE BIG BOOK OF NUMBERS, WORLD OF NUMBERS and TIME MACHINE, available from www.adamspencer.com.au

Lily Serner:

Lily Serna is a mathematician with an unrivalled passion for education, and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Advocacy. Lily has sat on the Mathematical Sciences Institute for four years. In 2012 she was appointed Numeracy Ambassador for National Literacy and Numeracy Week. However, Lily is best known for her media work: as the resident Numbers Expert on SBS's Letters and Numbers with David Astle and Richard Morecroft. She was also co-host of SBS's Destination Flavour. Lily is a data analyst at the enterprise software company, Atlassian, specialising in building mathematical and statistical models.

Eddie Woo:

Eddie Woo is currently Head Teacher Mathematics at a comprehensive public school in Sydney, Australia. Since November 2012, Eddie has uploaded videos of his actual classroom lessons to Youtube to share learning resources with the world. During this time Mr Woo has become a household name in mathematics education. His YouTube channel, known as WooTube, has nearly 60,000 followers and his videos have been watched over four and a half million times, by students across the globe.

This year the ABC covered Eddie's life in an Australian Story segment.

Jacqui Bridges:

Jacqueline Bridges is currently Acting Head of Mathematics at Brigidine College St Ives. Jacqui has enjoyed sharing her passion for Mathematics through strategies that inspire and engage students in the classroom. She is currently the Chairman of the Northern Sydney Mathematics Association. Prior to teaching Jacqui spent 15 years working with the Commonwealth Bank as part of a team developing the bank’s presence in the Infrastructure Finance market. In her last few years at Commonwealth Bank Jacqui worked in eCommerce managing the developing mobile banking platform. Jacqui has a Bachelor degree in Mathematics and Psychology, Graduate Diploma in Banking and Finance and Diploma of Education ( Mathematics).

Andrew Crisp:

Andrew Crisp is a content developer and school liaison at Mathspace.

Before finding his home at Mathspace, Andrew worked in academia at the University of Sydney and devoted himself to undergraduate teaching. He was awarded the prestigious Vice Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Teaching in 2016 in recognition for his lecturing and tutoring work in the university's First Year Program, the first member of the School of Mathematics to receive the honour in over a decade.

FAQs

Where is the New Law Building located at Sydney University?

The New Law Building is located on Eastern Avenue, halfway between the Carslaw building and Fisher Library. Map below.

Map of New Law Building


What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

By car

Evening and weekend casual parking rates will apply (3pm–6am, Monday to Friday)

The best carpark is the New Law Building carpark. Visitors are allowed to park here after 3pm.
Fee: $2 per hour (to maximum $6) or $6 flat rate (valid to 6am next morning). Map below.

Map of carpark

By train

Catch a train to Redfern train station, and then take a 10-minute walk to the main campus.

By bus from the City

Catch routes 422, 423, 426, 428 from Castlereagh Street or Railway Square.

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