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Micro Mathematicians | Virtual After School Extension Program

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Micro Mathematicians | Virtual After School Extension Program
by Heads of Learning (Years 7-9 & 10-12) - Tuesday, 23 February 2021, 3:55 PM

The University of Melbourne have designed a new extension program for students with a passion and interest for Mathematics. The program is designed for students who are working above their age level standard in Mathematics and explores mathematical problems at a deep level, following the inquiry process.

Micro Mathematicians is a free after school extension program that will run using a virtual environment (Zoom and Google Classroom) and students will have 1 hour each week with the University of Melbourne, School of Mathematics and Statistics Outreach Team. Students will be given additional activities to complete in their own time.

The University of Melbourne manage the registrations for this event which will include an admission test to ensure suitability of the program. Please note, completing the admission test does not guarantee a place in the program. For more information for interested students in Year 7 and 8, please access the flyer here. For students in Year 9 and 10, please access further details here.

The following is an excerpt explaining the content of the program and we encourage any students who may wish to be involved in this mathematical challenge to consider applying.

What Will Students be Doing?

Students will take part in a variety of activities designed to promote mathematical investigation at a high level. Some of the key mathematical areas we will focus on include, but are not limited to; Number Theory, Data Analysis, Combinatorics, Geometry & Topology and Mathematical Biology. Activities include:

  •  Problem Solving: engaging with challenging problems through various approaches like modelling, collaborative discussion, construction, proof, and arts and crafts. Activities are open ended to allow students to extend the activity as far as they like and in any direction they choose

  • Extended Research Project: working on an extended project across two weeks. Students can choose between a range of provided problems. Problems are broad and students will need to decide how to narrow the problem down, in what direction they wish to take the problem, what information they will need to answer the problem and what is a suitable approach.

  • Research Presentations: Students will be required to present their mathematical research to each other, focusing on the methods they used, the results they concluded, and the questions that still remain open.

  • Debate: Engage in mathematical discussions. Students will take part in group debates where they will argue difficult topics within the field of mathematics.