The following mathematics investigations for year 10 to 12 students were developed in collaboration with various Industry partners, to showcase how maths is applied in real industry scenarios to solve problems.
The investigations demonstrate the types of thinking and skills that industry require, while applying mathematics that is relevant to the curriculum and real world contexts to bring learning to life.
The activities have been used at MAV’s maths camps to successfully engage students:
 The investigations use various mathematical skills, including data analysis and representation, modelling, problem solving and critical thinking to apply mathematics in real world scenarios.
 Investigations showcase a variety of careers sectors that are underpinned by mathematics.
 Through the activities students will be engaged in exploring various related careers and understanding the importance of mathematics to success in these fields.
 Students and teacher versions of each investigation are available and can be downloaded and used in your classroom.
 Investigations are aimed at year 10 to 12 students.
MAV would like to thank the Australian Centre for Career Education and the Victorian Department of Education and Training for their support in developing these activities.
Investigation Title 
Career focus areas 
Mathematical focus 
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Body Mass Index (BMI) 
Sport Scientist, dietician, personal trainer 

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Bone Mineral Density (BMD) 
Health & Biomedical sciences 




Cell Size 
Biologist, zoologist, environmental scientist 




Collision 
Engineering and design 




Vehicle Safety 
Engineering and design 




Exploring changes in the cash rate and its effect on the economy 
Economics, Commerce 




Comparing student ability and question difficulty 
Educational Research 

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Food Industry and coding 
Software engineer, coding, information technology 

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Panel Cutting 
Software engineer, coding, information technology 

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Pet Alarm 
Software engineer, coding, information technology 

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