Mathematics enrichment program
The Mathematics Enrichment Program (PDF*350KB) has been offered by the University of Southern Queensland since 2007 and is a structured program designed to improve mathematical problem solving skills in gifted high-school students. Within Toowoomba and surrounding districts, a number of students display aptitude for mathematics beyond what is offered in the standard high school curriculum. Such students could potentially benefit from exposure to more problem solving techniques not traditionally offered.
Aims of the program
Interesting questions in selected topics will be tackled in lively sessions, to build students’ range of techniques for solving problems. The aims of the program include:
- to help students perform at a high level in national mathematics competitions particularly the Australian Mathematics Competition;
- to encourage further study in mathematics;
- to enhance satisfaction for students who quickly master school level concepts.
Who can attend?
The program is aimed to suit the mathematical ability of Year 9 and 10 students.
Interested students and schools in remote locations should contact Assoc Prof Ron Addie to discuss alternative methods of offering the program.
How do I apply?
Students will need to be registered through their Mathematics Teacher at school. Teachers will email names and contact details to Debbie White via firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is no cost to attend the program.
The program runs from 4.00 - 6.00 pm on Thursday afternoon at USQ. Refreshments are provided.
Topics for discussion
|| Proposed Topics
| 28 February
|| Social Networks & Graphs
| 21 March
|| Mathematical Modelling and Black Holes
| 18 April
|| Maths in Games (especially tennis)
| 9 May
|| Maths in Sport
| 30 May
|| Geometry and Space
| 20 June
|| Statistics of Sport
A Toowoomba campus map is available to access online.
Please note that the proposed topics for discussion may not necessarily be offered on the date listed.
Presenters will include Ron Addie from the Department of Mathematics & Computing at USQ; Ashley Plank past member of the Department of Mathematics & Computing who now works as a consultant in statistics for medical research; Tim Dalby from Open Access College at USQ; Neville de Mestre leader in research into mathematics in sport; Peter Galbraith Honorary Professor at University of Queensland; Stephen Broderick, Head of Mathematics at St Ursula’s College and President of the Toowoomba Maths Teachers Association and Bob Nelder, Head of Mathematics at Mt Lofty State High School and past president of TMTA.
We look forward to creating a lively and fun Mathematics Enrichment program.
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