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In 2017 the MAV will host a Mathematics Camp. The camp is aimed at 2017 Year 10 students who live in regional Victoria who have been deemed to be gifted and talented in the area of mathematics. 

The Mathematics Camp will be held in Melbourne during the first week of the Term 1 school holidays (Monday 3rd April – Friday 7th April). Places are available for 20 students. 

The aim of the program is to provide a chance for students to gather with like-minded peers and explore hands-on, industry related problems. The MAV will be partnering with four mathematical industries who will provide mentoring for students to solve a contemporary real-life problem. 

In addition, secondary teachers will also provide on-going support. It will be an engaging, practical and hands-on look at how mathematics is used to solve problems in a variety of industry fields. 

The MAV will provide:

  • three meals per day
  • accommodation (twin share)
  • travel in and around Melbourne
  • return travel to and from Melbourne, to the value of $50,

Each year The Mathematical Association of Victoria presents VCE revision lectures for students in the three VCE Mathematics studies: Mathematical Methods, Specialist Mathematics and Further Mathematics. All lectures are delivered by highly qualified and experienced, practicing teachers. Places are limited, so please don’t miss out on your chance to attend.

The 2017 VCE Revision Lectures will take place during the September - October school holidays, at a range of venues.

VCE REVISION LECTURES 2017
METROPOLITAN LECTURES
REGION WHERE DATE
Eastern Metro Glen Waverley Sunday 24th September
South East Metro Mt Eliza Monday 25th September
Western Metro Caroline Springs Tuesday 26th September
REGIONAL LECTURES
South West Warrnambool Saturday 23rd September
South East Sale Wednesday 27th September
South West  Horsham Sunday 1st October
North East Wangaratta Saturday 7th October

TIMES AT ALL VENUES:

Mathematical Methods : 9am - 12pm

Further Mathematics: 1pm-4:30pm

Specialist Mathematics: 1pm-4pm

STUDENTS ARE PROVIDED WITH DETAILED REVISION NOTES.

REGISTER NOW AT

http://registration.mav.vic.edu.au/MavRevLectures/

Last modified on Wednesday, 05 July 2017 16:26

Applications for 2017 are now closed

In 2017 the MAV hosted a Mathematics Camp, aimed at 2017 Year 10 students who live in regional Victoria who were deemed to be gifted and talented in the area of mathematics.

The Mathematics Camp was held in Melbourne during the first week of the Term 1 school holidays (Monday 3rd April – Friday 7th April). Places were available for 20 students.

The aim of the program is to provide a chance for students to gather with like-minded peers and explore hands-on, industry related problems. The MAV partners with four mathematical industries who provide mentoring for students to solve a contemporary real-life problem. 

In addition, secondary teachers also provide on-going support. It was an engaging, practical and hands-on look at how mathematics is used to solve problems in a variety of industry fields.

The MAV provided:

  • three meals per day
  • accommodation (twin share)
  • travel in and around Melbourne
  • return travel to and from Melbourne, to the value of $50,
  • all programmed activities. 

The Education State \ Victoria State Government | Education and TrainingThe maths camp is funded by the Victorian Department of Education and Training through the Strategic Partnership Program.

 

 

Who could apply - Victorian Regions and Regional Cities

Who can apply - Victorian Regions and Regional Cities

For more information contact Helen Haralambous, hharalambous@mav.vic.edu.au. 

 

Last modified on Thursday, 25 May 2017 12:45

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THE VICTORIAN MATHS CHALLENGE

The Mathematical Association of Victoria is a proud supporter the new Victorian Government’s VICSTEM initiative, the Victorian Maths Challenge.

Check out the Victorian Maths Challenge website.

View all of the Challenges at the Victorian Maths Challenge website. Get involved! 

Check out the gallery from those taking the challenge.

Do you want to run a Family Maths Challenge Night, an information evening, afternoon tea for families or another related event? Contact MAV at vmc@mav.vic.edu.au.

Challenges paper boat

Last modified on Tuesday, 23 May 2017 12:32

NATIONAL MATHEMATICS SUMMER SCHOOL (NMSS) Canberra
7 - 20 January 2018

Download an application form here.

This is a selective camp that caters for students from all over Australia who are in Year 11 in 2017 and who not only enjoy mathematics but who are also very mathematically able. It is a two-week program held at the Australian National University in Canberra in January. Many enduring friendships are made on this very special summer school, now in its 50th year, and each year a few past students return to help run the program.

Topics range from number theory through to chaos and topology. There is a strong emphasis on solving problems and many students often find themselves working on problems well into the night. (Because they want to!). There is also a strong emphasis on recreation, exploration and fun and many activities, tours and talks are organised. During afternoon recreation, students are free to socialise and explore Canberra (popular activities include ice skating, ten pin bowling, tandem bike riding around the lake). There is an entertaining dinner and a concert on the last night.

Selection in previous years

The MAV tests used for selecting students for the NMSS are not tests in which you demonstrate you can perform the rules and procedures you have been taught in mathematics classes. They are tests designed to find whether you can use what you know in creative ways to solve unfamiliar problems. Many of the questions do not rely on mathematics you have learnt in Year 11 but rather expect you to build on earlier mathematical knowledge by selecting, sequencing and combining it in unfamiliar and creative ways. For this reason, it is not always the students who gain the highest marks on school mathematics tests who perform at the highest levels on the more creative questions on these tests for entry to the NMSS.

Selection in 2017 for 2018

The test will be comprised of questions that include one or more of the following:

  • Are set in contexts that may not initially appear mathematical.
  • Rely on a strong mathematical background in the form of algebraic, geometric, and/or graphical formulations,
  • Year 11 mathematics in unfamiliar ways
  • Use prior mathematical knowledge (pre-Year 11) in unfamiliar ways.

This gives a broader range of students an opportunity to show that they can think mathematically / display original mathematical thought.

Selection is based on the strength of a studentʼs written application, teacher reference, and response to the MAV Selection Test for NMSS.

Download an application form here.

More details will be made available on the MAV website in the coming months.

More information about the National Mathematics Summer School is available on the NMSS website: www.nmss.edu.au

 

Student Testimonials from previous National Mathematics Summer Schools

"When I attended the NMSS, it definitely changed my life. I didn’t know a single other person and I was scared, I admit it, but looking back I shouldn’t have been, the people I met, although extremely diverse and unique, were not in the least bit scary. They welcomed me and I found that the majority of kids were in the same boat as me. I remember the first night, we played some games to get to know each other, and everyone was so nice. And they were all fun, although we all went because we shared a love of mathematics, we all realised that we were on holidays and that they should be fun. Almost every night we would play volleyball and most of us didn’t even know how to but it was still a lot of fun because everyone was so supportive. NMSS changed my life for the better, I no longer hide my love of maths, but am proud of it and try to develop it, also some of the people I met I am still very close friends with. We are friends for life, united by maths! "

 

"The National Mathematics Summer School was an amazing experience. For many years I had enjoyed mathematical challenges, and felt that I needed more than what the school curriculum had to offer, and that was what NMSS provided. Our minds were all stretched, and for many of us we were exposed to new fields of mathematics we didn’t even know existed! It’s a great learning atmosphere. Everyone had different ability levels, so we were all challenged in different ways and strived to our own potential. However, there is so much more to the NMSS than the learning. It’s a life experience. Not only did I enjoy the mathematics, but I also enjoyed the social interaction as well. Being able to meet some of Australia’s brightest young mathematicians and spend two weeks enjoying each other’s company is a truly rewarding experience. Playing volleyball or basketball after our afternoon sessions, exploring the city of Canberra, going ice-skating on the weekend, solving Rubik’s cubes and just chilling out with friends were all memories that I will never forget. At the end of the two weeks, there were even tears as everybody found it difficult to part and return home. For those of you who are considering applying to NMSS, if you have a love for mathematics and want to meet other people just like you, do it. You will not regret it. "

 

"When I first heard about a so-called "maths camp" in Year 9, it brought tears to my eyes to think that there was something as sad as having a bunch of nerds giving up their holidays to discuss mathematics. Even though I'd always enjoyed maths, constantly bugged teachers with irrelevant questions, and done fairly well in past competitions, I was NEVER going to be THAT extreme. EVER. Two years on...I applied to go. On the outside, yes, I did pretend to be nonchalant ("as if I want to go to there!") and crack a few jokes with friends when they expressed their genuine concern about me turning into an "anti-social loser and nerd". But on the inside (and I would rather die than admit it) I was just burning to do maths that was more challenging and stimulating than the extremely structured and formulaic format offered by school courses.

NeMeSiS actually turned out to be THE best experience of my life. It sounds like a cliché but it's true! Mathematically it was extremely draining. Everyday we had to slave over about 6 hours of brain-wrenching lectures, tutorials and yes, homework. In addition to this, there were educational talks by professional mathematicians and former students. By the end of camp I was stunned at just how broad the study of mathematics is, how fundamental it is in almost everything we do, and the infinite related career paths that it can take you down in the future. However, NMSS was not all about maths! There were field trips, games and relays, concerts and formal dinners...yes, there was socialising. And sightseeing. We had opportunities to visit Canberra's tourist attractions such as Parliament House, the War Memorial, National Film and Gallery Archives, etc, and had heaps of fun at Questacon, ice-skating, zone 3 laser wars, or just playing sports or games in our free time.

But I have to say, the best part of it all for me were the people I got to meet – fellow students and adults alike. Many close bonds were formed and these are the kind of people that stay with you forever- they were ABSOLUTELY AWESOME, not at all like the glasses-wearing, textbook-toting, jargon-talking, introverted, pimply nerds that I admit I did think they would be. Meeting such multi-talented, nice, very intelligent, inspirational and yes, NORMAL people with similar interests was both exciting and humbling at the same time. I made many really great friends who I'm still in touch with and will never forget.

If you have an interest in maths, the kind you have to think long and hard about until you want to tear your hair out in frustration, always pester your maths teacher about the useless "whys" of maths, or are just interested about mathematics outside the limited scope of school, I definitely recommend that you consider going! "

 
Last modified on Monday, 06 March 2017 11:24

Investigating Melbourne: Maths and science learning activities

studentsThe City of Melbourne have produced a great resource for secondary school teachers. This kit includes exercises exploring aspects of our city through maths and science. The selected activities cover  a breadth of city landscapes - from Docklands to the Fitzroy Gardens - all easily accessible by  public transport. Many contributions have been modified to cover inquiry-based  learning, designed to nurture student centred learning and engagement. Answers are not  always provided where open discussion is encouraged. The types of questions vary, providing  scope for multiple intelligences. Students with a preference for visual expression or  interpersonal group work can be challenged along with logical sequential learners. The kit is a  smorgasbord of learning possibilities for adaptation to the needs of any classroom.

Investigating Melbourne is a partnership between the City of Melbourne and a range of institutions and professional associations, including the Mathematical Association of Victoria and Museum Victoria. An electronic version of the complete kit is provided here for our members with the kind permission of the City of Melbourne.

  Foreword (1071kb)

  Part one (1084kb)

  Part two (215kb)

  Part three (85kb)

  Part four and five (338kb)

  Part six (1783kb)

  Part seven (248kb)

 

Exhibition Buildings

Melbourne Central Telstra Dome

Last modified on Tuesday, 21 April 2015 14:30

2017 STATE-WIDE MATHEMATICS GAMES DAYS

REGISTRATIONS NOW OPEN

What better way to enhance your students’ interdisciplinary skills than with a Games Day?

A Maths Games Day is an opportunity for students to:

  • develop their mathematical talents and thinking skills in a setting where maths is regarded as fun and worthwhile
  • work with like-minded students from a diverse range of schools
  • participate in mathematical activities without the usual class room pressures
  • win prizes and rewards
  • get excited about maths!

Maths Games Days are a very effective vehicle for getting young people – particularly in the middle years of schooling – enthused about maths. Problem solving and mathematical games address the Victorian Curriculum proficiency strands.

Teams of 4 students compete for a variety of prizes including individual prizes for creativity, contribution to group work, and lucky door prizes. The participants are drawn from those who have a keen interest in mathematics and who can operate as a team. Lateral thinking wins the day.

Teachers also have an opportunity to meet colleagues from other schools, attend a professional learning activity and to inspect displays of teaching resources.

Maths Games Days are organised and run by host schools and supported by the MAV.

REGISTER HERE.
 

Date

Year Level

School

Thursday 10 August

Year 4 

Lowther Hall, Essendon

Thursday 22 June

Year 5

PEGS, Essendon

Friday 8 September

Yr 6

Genazzano, Kew

Friday 8 September

Yr 6

Lumen Christi, Point Cook

Monday 4 September 

Year 7

Mt Hira College, Keysborough

Monday 4 September 

Year 7

Overnewton Anglican, Taylors Lakes

Wednesday 2 August

Year 8

PEGS, Keilor

Wednesday 16 August

Year 8 - 9 

Federation University, Churchill

Tuesday 15 August

Year 9

Williamstown High School, Williamstown

Thursday 14 September

 Year 10 

Trinity Grammar, Kew

Monday 7 August

Years 11 and 12

Lakeview Senior College, Caroline Springs

Thank you to Australina National University for providing questions and activities for the Year 11 and 12 Games Day.

What better way to enhance your students’ skills with this Interdisciplinary Learning strand than attending a Games Day?

A Maths Games Day is an opportunity for students to develop their mathematical talents and thinking skills in a setting where maths is regarded as fun and worthwhile with like-minded students from a diverse range of schools. It is an ideal way for students to participate in mathematical activities without the usual class room pressures and is a very effective vehicle for getting young people – particularly in the middle years of schooling – excited about maths. Problem solving and mathematical games address the Victorian Curriculum proficiency strands.

Teams of 4 students compete for a variety of prizes. Individual prizes are awarded for creativity, contribution to group work, lucky door prize, etc. The participants are not necessarily the mathematically brightest in the school but are drawn from those who have a keen interest in mathematics and who can operate as a team. Lateral thinking wins the day.

Teachers also have an opportunity to meet colleagues from other schools, attend a professional learning activity and to inspect displays of teaching resources.

Maths Games Days are organised and run host schools and supported by the MAV.

REGISTER HERE.

The MAV is interested in promoting a state and a nation-wide competition and would like to hear from schools, particularly in country regions, who are considering running a Games Day either within their own school or for the region. Please contact Jennifer Bowden.

 

Last modified on Wednesday, 26 July 2017 15:20

Victorian Maths Talent Quest 2017

Dates for the 2017 State and National Maths Talent Quest are below.

For professional learning, judging rubric feedback or general enquiries please contact Jennifer Bowden at jbowden@mav.vic.edu.au.

MTQ sponsorship opportunities now available!

Major Sponsor

La Trobe University

Bronze Sponsor

matific


Key Dates 2017

Registration opens

Tuesday 18 April 2017

Registration closes

Friday 28 July 2017

Delivery of entries  Wednesday 23 August 2017
Judging Thursday 24 August - Tuesday 29 August 2017
Display of entries Wednesday 30 August 2017 (Morning)
Entry Pick Up Wednesday 30 August 2017 (Afternoon) and Thurday 31 August 2017 (2pm deadline)
Award Ceremony Thursday 19 October 2017

All Victoria and Tasmanian students from the Early Years to Year 12 can enter the Maths Talent Quest.  The best of these entries will then be entered into the National Maths Talent Quest.

This website is updated often with information for teachers and students to assist in your knowledge of the MTQ so please check back here regularly. 

- 2017 Student Information

- 2017 Answering Your Questions

- 2017 MTQ Information

- 2017 State Judging Rubric

- 2017 National Judging Rubric

 

Please click on the following images to download MTQ PowerPoint presentations:


2017 Talent Quest  2017 Talent Quest Investigation



 Some important information and changes to the MTQ:

  • Check the MAV website regularly for updates.
  • Registration will open in Term 2 and will be available on the MAV website.
  • You are required to complete your school judging and select entries to send to the state judging BEFORE you register on the MAV website.
  • Schools can enter a maximum of eight entries per year level.
  • It is compulsory for each metropolitan school to provide a minimum of two hours judging. Where schools have more than five entries, an extra two hours of judging must be provided for every five extra entries. Regional schools are also encouraged to participate in judging.
  • All participating students will receive a certificate.
  • Winning students will receive a certificate and book voucher – no cash prizes will be given

 

 

MTQ Cost Structure

Number of entries per year level (max 8) Fee per year level - MAV Members (incl. GST) Fee per year level - Non-Members (incl. GST)
1 $30.00 $37.50
2 $60.00 $75.00
3 $90.00 $112.50
4 $120.00 $150.00
5 $150.00 $187.50
6 $180.00 $225.00
7 $210.00 $262.50
8 $240.00 $300.00

 

National Maths Talent Quest

The National Maths Talent Quest accepts the top entries from states and territories across Australia. For those states that don’t have a local competition, schools are welcome to enter their student’s investigations through the Mathematical Association of Victoria’s competition.

Pathways to the National Maths Talent Quest

 

New South Wales – The Mathematical Association of New South Wales Competition Investigating With Maths

Queensland – The Science Teacher’s Association of Queensland’s Queensland Science Contest (Mathematics Category)

Western Australia – The Mathematical Association of Western Australian Maths Talent Quest

South Australia – Mathematical Association of South Australia Enrichment Project

All other states and territories (ACT, Tasmania, Western Australia and the Northern Territory) are welcome to enter through the Mathematical Association of Victoria’s Competition.

For enquiries about the National Maths Talent Quest please email or , or contact the MAV Office 03 9380 2399.

 

MTQ Rubric 2017

2017 Judging Information

How to get there2017

 

Last modified on Wednesday, 16 August 2017 13:14

MAV Maths Talent Quest

The Maths Talent Quest has arrived again. Time to get your thinking hats on, finish working on your projects and developing your ideas. The newly updated MTQ website has many resources to assist you in providing some fantastic projects. Registrations will open in Term Two

State-wide Games Days

A Maths Games Day is an opportunity for students to develop their mathematical talents and thinking skills in a setting where maths is regarded as fun and worthwhile with like-minded students from a diverse range of schools.

VCE Maths Revision Lectures 

VCE Mathematics Revision Lectures. By top flight mathematics teachers to assist VCE students in preparation for their exams.

September and October at venues across Victoria

Each year the MAV presents VCE Revision Lectures for Students. Students receive comprehensive notes and the lectures are delivered by highly qualified and experienced, practising teachers.

        Following the event students are also given access to the presenters PowerPoint presentation.

 

 

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