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Biloela students lap up maths fun

MATHS MAD: Bilolea State High School year 8 students James Ker,  Keegan Harrison and Liam Geraghty at a mathsd workshop aimed to get students interested in maths.
MATHS MAD: Bilolea State High School year 8 students James Ker, Keegan Harrison and Liam Geraghty at a mathsd workshop aimed to get students interested in maths.

MANY students dread maths – not Liam Geraghty it seems.

“I’m good at it,” the Biloela High School year 8 student said.

Liam was among the students who attended interactive maths presentations and workshops, run by the Federal Government, at the school on Tuesday, after a visit to Biloela primary on Monday.

Liam, along with fellow year 8 students James Kerr and Keegan Harrison, tried one of the workshop’s colourful and challenging puzzles, said he may pursue a career in maths or science when he finishes school.

James said he may also pursue a career in science or maths.

“There are plenty of applications for maths – it is useful and good skills for when I’m older,” James said.

The workshop and presentations, which included students from years 8-10, were run by the Questacon Maths Squad, an initiative of the Commonwealth Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, that visited Central Queensland schools this week.

Questacon Maths Squad presenter Augusta Macdonald said they were on a special mission to delight and excite students about the wonders of maths.

“The Questacon Maths Squad presenters show that maths is intriguing and not just about numbers,” Augusta said.

“Our presentations and workshops unlock the fascination, enjoyment and hidden potential that are often concealed in maths.”

The Questacon Maths Squad is a free program for primary and secondary students designed to encourage students to challenge their existing attitudes to maths with interesting, colourful, challenging puzzles and dynamic story-telling.

The program visits regional and remote parts of Australia from its base at Questacon – the National Science and Technology Centre in Canberra.

Augusta said maths was critically important to a student’s choice of career.

“Our presenter shows how maths can be used in music and how to use maths to predict things,” she said.


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