Young maths whizzes go into numbers battle

Published: Comments:
Community Teenagers & Young Adults University & TAFE

Social:   

USC has initiated a new challenge to find some of the most innovative young mathematicians from Moreton Bay to the Fraser Coast. 

About 200 Year 9 and 10 maths enthusiasts will compete in the Maths Modelling Challenge to be held across three days this week at USC’s campuses at the Sunshine Coast, Hervey Bay and Caboolture.

Under the guidance of a USC mathematician or statistician, the students will work in teams of four to develop and present mathematical models that solve real life scenarios.

Marina Fitzpatrick from USC’s School of Science and Engineering said the fun and exciting competition environment would help students gain a better understanding of how maths can explain many aspects of our world.

“By combining a mix of different kinds of maths for their analysis and solutions, students are encouraged to use the power of maths to find answers to problems that are part of the everyday,” she said. 

The top two teams will go on to compete in the Maths Modelling Challenge Finale at the Sunshine Coast campus during National Science Week (10 - 18 August 2019) against the other finalists from Fraser Coast and Moreton Bay.

“This expanded competition is an exciting new initiative by USC’s School of Science and Engineering in collaboration with the School of Education,” Ms Fitzpatrick said. 

“It is the first year the competition has been expanded to include Moreton Bay schools after being held at the Sunshine Coast campus for three years and being successfully trialled at USC Fraser Coast last year.”
While this year’s challenge problems remain a secret, past scenarios include working out whether it is worth travelling further to buy cheaper petrol and the optimal angle to kick a football through posts.

 
University Of The Sunshine Coast : View Full Profile
90 Sippy Downs Drive, Sippy Downs
07 5430 1234
University Of The Sunshine Coast
Showing 10+ recent articles for this business
Early findings for first year of youth brain study 21 August 2019 | A first-of-its-kind youth mental health study being conducted on the Sunshine Coast has reached its one-year mark with significant initial findings. More information...
Students to learn about careers in health industry 21 August 2019 | The broad range of jobs available in the Sunshine Coast’s growing health industry will be showcased at a careers day for high school students this week. More information...
Benchmark report highlights power of innovation 19 August 2019 | Local businesses who prioritise innovation increased their sales of new products and services by 20 percent and higher, according to a 2018-2019 Regional Innovation Benchmark project completed by USC researchers... More information...
NZ’s best make USC home base for sport and study 15 August 2019 | USC’s High Performance Student Athlete (HPSA) program has welcomed New Zealand’s top Under 18 female stand up paddleboard athlete into its team. More information...
Burp-free cow feed drives seaweed science at Moreton Bay 15 August 2019 | A puffy pink seaweed that can stop cows from burping out methane is being primed for mass farming by researchers from the University of the Sunshine Coast. More information...
Planned burn of habitat on USC campus 15 August 2019 | A prescribed burn of a section of USC’s compensatory habitat site at Sippy Downs is planned for Thursday 22 August, weather permitting. More information...
Workshop launches poetry performance series 14 August 2019 | A sold-out beginners’ workshop to be held at USC Sunshine Coast this Saturday 17 August will launch a series of events showcasing spoken word performance, as part of the 2019 Sunshine Coast Horizon Festival. More information...
Roof completion marks USC Moreton Bay milestone 12 August 2019 | Contractors, dignitaries and future staff of the new USC Moreton Bay campus will celebrate a key construction milestone tomorrow (Tuesday 13 August), with the roof completion taking the project past the halfway... More information...
Grand final time for sharp young maths minds 13 August 2019 | Teams of top young mathematicians from Fraser Coast and Sunshine Coast will go head-to-head this week in a space-themed grand final challenge at USC. More information...
K’gari Conference to explore new insights into Fraser Island 08 August 2019 | One of the world’s best known parent educators Steve Biddulph will head an impressive list of speakers shining the spotlight on Fraser Island at the Eighth Biennial K’gari Conference.  More information...



Social:   
comments powered by Disqus

All articles submitted by third parties or written by My Sunshine Coast come under our Disclaimer / Terms of Service