Working Mathematically

Working Mathematically

Working Mathematically

Discover how to think logically about your results with a series of hands-on experiments

An integrated hands-on workshop designed to demonstrate practical applications of mathematics in science!

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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.

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Australian ACARA Content Outcomes:
Mathematics

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).

Australian National Curriculum Mapping for all our science workshops & shows

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).

School Testimonials

Bowral Public School

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.

Malek Fahd Islamic School

The students were engaged throughout the entire performance. The experiments all related well to the programme topic and this added valuable knowledge and understanding to our weather studies at school. A high interest programme of great value to the children's learning experiences...the children really enjoyed your programmes and we will definitely recommend your company to other classes in our school.

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Science Show Demonstrations

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.

Requirements

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.

Cost

$480 inc. GST per 90-minute workshop

Full day extension class with one class is $1290 inc. GST

In a regional area? Find out how we can attend your school as part of a country science tour!

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Extension Ideas!

Extension Ideas!

Scientist Q & A

Often students attend our science workshops and shows with questions that stem beyond the covered topic area. Ask a scientist aims to give students a chance to get their questions answered! Run as a 30-minute session at a cost of $70 inc. GST.

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