Success! Students engaged in STEM industry maths camp!
Monday 29 July 2019.
During the first week of the July 2019 school holidays, 24 Year 10 students from rural and regional Victoria took part in an enriching industry-based mathematics camp in Melbourne.
The camp run by The Mathematical Association of Victoria (MAV), was made possible via funding from the Victorian Department of Education and Training’s Strategic Partnerships Program hence participating students attended at no cost.
The camp provides ‘high potential’ students with the opportunity to work with mathematicians and industry representatives, solving real-world maths problems in teams. The students are selected via a competitive application process, and gain a hands-on experience and insight into careers in STEM industries.
In 2019 MAV partnered with FORD, The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA), Texas Instruments, and the Victorian Space Science Education Centre to create real world mathematics investigations in the fields of Engineering, Economics/Commerce, Coding and Biomedical research.
Students expand their mathematical skills with the support of industry representatives from each partner, while developing 21st century skills as required in the workplace including; communication, presentation, teamwork, critical and creative thinking, and problem solving. Students also visit each industry workplace, and undertake a series of tours and investigations to explore careers in each industry.
Students work in groups of 5 and had 4 days to undertake problem solving activities as they worked through a scenario presented to them at the beginning of camp. Students receive mentoring by Mathematicians from leading universities; RMIT and La Trobe Universities.
The camp culminated with the students undertaking a tour and problem solving activities at La Trobe University Bundoora, before presenting their project findings to MAV staff, industry partners, university academics invited guests and parents.
MAV has been running the camp for 4 years and during this time students, parents, academics and industry partners report on the stimulating, team and knowledge building experience for students.
As one student participant summed up the experience “The camp is one of the best experiences I have participated in so far. As well as exposing me to an investigation that I would not be offered otherwise, it gave me an opportunity to experience activities that gave me an idea as to where maths can lead me in the future. I also was given the opportunity to make friends with people who have the same interests as me and can give me a different perspective on things I wouldn't have thought of otherwise. Thank you so much for providing me with a great experience that I will remember forever.”