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A day of mathematical hands-on activities in a variety of science disciplines for year 9 & 10 high school classes in labs and workshops!

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No matter what your students choose to do in the future, maths will be a part of it: from maths models that help predict which latest fashion items will sell out, to calculations that allow you to build bridges, to statistics that show what people think of a business, to computations that help in the understanding of diseases.

Your students will discover how maths is involved in pretty much every area of life at Mega Maths Day. Year 10 is a key time when your students are choosing their future direction, so give them the opportunity to find out just how important a solid background in maths is for a huge array of disciplines and careers. Your students will be inspired by how maths studies will open doors in their future during this Mega Maths Day full of workshops showcasing the importance of maths in a variety of settings.

Mega Maths Day will show your students how magnificent, marvellous and monumental maths is!

Costs for Students

$22 inc GST per student and $0 for accompanying teachers. Only schools and teachers can book into this program, not individual students or parents.

Please sign-up here using your best estimate of student numbers attending. Payment will not be required until early Term 3 where quotations and invoices will be emailed upon final confirmation of your student numbers.

What else would we need?

Apart from payment, we will also be asking you for your Student Roll of attending students and media/photography permission forms from your students' guardians. We will send more information to those who sign-up.

Please note that the program is not catered.

Three Choices of Workshops

Your class will have three workshop sessions throughout the day. When you sign-up, you can tell us your preferences from the seven options below!

  • Modelling the Spread of Disease (challenging!)

Join us in the computer lab for a highly topical investigation of the mathematics behind the spread of disease. Derive the calculus equations behind the growth and decline of disease spread and create models in our software programs. This workshop is great for mathematically gifted classes who are looking for a challenge.

  • Bee Gone!

When bees move to a new nesting site, they communicate the quality and location of new sites through a waggle dance. In this game developed by University of Sydney researchers, we'll explore what mathematics can tell us about how the colony is able to come to a communal decision based only on individual bees' waggle dances.

  • Calculating Creepy Crawlies

Take a tour of organic matter and look at what is lurking in the leaf litter. Students will find out how agricultural and environmental scientists measure the biodiversity and abundance of species. We will consider how invertebrates influence the soil and apply some simple statistics to help us understand our dabbling in the detritus.

  • Paying for Predictions

With our changing climate, regions are having to deal with increased risks of droughts and floods. In this semi-corporative game, students will try to manage the flood risk in their region, relying on their knowledge of probability to make the best choices.

  • How to Estimate Anything

How many hairs are there on a human head? What is the probability of intelligent life elsewhere in the Universe? What is the GDP of a small nation? Remarkably, it is possible to answer these questions more-or-less accurately, with minimal information. Learn this valuable skill with the School of Physics, using a variety of examples from the sciences and humanities.

  • Crystals Up Close

Why do crystals grow into such strong geometrical shapes? Join us in the chemistry labs as we take a deep dive into what is happening in crystals at the molecular scale and what molecular shapes have to do with crystalline growth.

  • Determining the Speed of Light (challenging!)

Learn the real meaning of “electromagnetic radiation” in this workshop as you use the permittivity and permeability of free space to calculate the speed of light! Roll up your sleeves to take electrical measurements in the physics dry labs and be ready for some challenging calculations.

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