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Working Mathematically

Discover how to think logically about your results with
a series of hands-on experiments
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  • Density detective using scales
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An integrated hands-on workshop designed to demonstrate practical applications of mathematics in science!

Determine wind speed. How high is that building? Can you work out the number of animals in the bushland? Bend and bounce light using prisms and mirrors...+ many others!

Students perform investigations in density, buoyancy, ecological sampling, the weather and reflected light angles. The focus of the workshop is to demonstrate that mathematics is a tool, rather than just to provide correct or incorrect answers. As such the answers need to be evaluated carefully against how the experiment is designed. Mathematical concepts cover algebraic techniques, measurement, integers, fractions, number patterns, angles and geometric figures.

This primary STEM workshop visit is ideal for gifted and talented students or for those teachers wanting to extend their next maths class.

What schools are saying about our science shows & workshops
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High level of kinaesthetic activities that were extremely engaging. Activities related to real life experiences and had lots of variety. Well prepared and friendly presenter. 

Bowral Public School; Working Mathematically full day visit


Australian Curriculum and NSW K to 10 Syllabus Links

Australian National Curriculum Mapping for all our science workshops & shows

Australian ACARA Content Outcomes:

  • Solve problems involving multiplication of large numbers by one- or two-digit numbers using efficient mental, written strategies and appropriate digital technologies (ACMNA100).
  • Solve problems involving division by a one digit number, including those that result in a remainder (ACMNA101).
  • Choose appropriate units of measurement for length, area, volume, capacity and mass (ACMMG108).
  • Pose questions and collect categorical or numerical data by observation or survey (ACMSP118).
  • Construct displays, including column graphs, dot plots and tables, appropriate for data type, with and without the use of digital technologies (ACMSP119).
  • Describe and interpret different data sets in context (ACMSP120).
  • Investigate everyday situations that use integers. Locate and represent these numbers on a number line (ACMNA124).
  • Convert between common metric units of length, mass and capacity (ACMMG136).
Anemometer being measured by a ruler
light rays from a Hodson light box passing through prisms

NSW Mathematics Syllabus Content

A student:
  • describes and represents mathematical situations in a variety of ways using mathematical terminology and some conventions (MA3-1WM).
  • selects and applies appropriate problem-solving strategies, including the use of digital technologies, in undertaking investigations (MA3-2WM).
  • gives a valid reason for supporting one possible solution over another (MA3-3WM).
  • selects and applies appropriate strategies for multiplication and division, and applies the order of operations to calculations involving more than one operation (MA3-6NA).
  • selects and uses the appropriate unit and device to measure lengths and distances, calculates perimeters, and converts between units of length (MA3-9MG).
  • selects and uses the appropriate unit to calculate areas, including areas of squares, rectangles and triangles (MA3-10MG).
  • selects and uses the appropriate unit to estimate, measure and calculate volumes and capacities, and converts between units of capacity (MA3-11MG).
  • selects and uses the appropriate unit and device to measure the masses of objects, and converts between units of mass (MA3-12MG).

Maths Workshop Experiments

Clinometer Determine the height of your building using trigonometry
Density Detective Identical volumes can have very different masses.
Eulers Disc Investigate variance of data using this spinning disc.
Fizzy Fountains Chemical reaction rates change with reactant concentrations.
The Crusher Is there a pattern to what weight cylinders can hold?
Koala Capture Determine the population of koalas using random samples.
Measure that dino! Use trigonometry and shadows to determine the height of a dinosaur!
Rays of Light Measure light beam angles using Hodson Light Boxes™ and protractors.
See Saw Vary the masses and distance from the fulcrum. Graph and explain...
Tricky Tangrams Test your spatial ability, how many shapes can you make?
Twisting topology Can you release yourself from the rope trap?
Solving Symmetry Examine symmetry using Georeflectors™.
Vexing Volumes A proportionality problem… good luck!
Windy Days Calculate wind speed using an anemometer.


  • Appropriate for Years 5 to 6 with a maximum of 30 students per workshop
  • 12 tables arranged around the edge of the room, required 3 power outlets
  • Chairs are not required
  • Duration 90 minutes, set up time 45 minutes and pack up time 45 minutes
  • We can also run this as a full day program
For us to provide the best possible learning experience, the materials used during the presentation may be varied to suit the conditions and the audience. Please chat with our presenter if there is a particular focus that you'd like us to cover.


  • $450 inc. GST per 90-minute workshop
  • Full day extension class with one class is $1250 inc. GST
  • In a regional area? Find out how we can attend your school as part of a country science tour!
Call 1300 856 828, or use this form to enquire or make a booking for your primary school. 

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We don't charge per student as we know that this causes an additional administrative load on your school office. Most schools tend to fill the science workshops & shows based on our recommended maximum number of students. If you have any questions please contact us.

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