Year 7 Maths Quest Poster Competition Categories:
Year seven students are give three interesting topics to choose from The Maths Quest.
Year 7 Theme – Unusual Jobs Using Mathematics
or
Year 7 Theme  The Mathematics of Life (Years 7 and 8)
or
Year 7 Theme  The Mathematics of Planet Earth and Beyond (Years 7  10)
Year 7 Theme – Unusual Jobs Using Mathematics
Mathematics is very important in many jobs, and knowledge of maths will help many students in their future employment. This theme asks students to think about jobs which use mathematics, and to think about the type of mathematics which may be used in these jobs.
The following notes are for possible guidance only. Ideally you will be able to think of a really interesting job and find the mathematics which is used in that job. Even apparently straight forward jobs often use a lot of mathematics to make them efficient.
One approach is to ask a family member who has an interesting job – and you will probably find that there is a lot of mathematics hidden away in their job. For example, if they work on a dairy farm, then there is all of the mathematics which is used to get the milk trucks to the farm; all of the mathematics which goes into weather forecasting; what about forward cover on the exchange rate, how the milk shed is controlled during milking. Alternatively, if a family member drives a bus, then there is the booking system for passengers, how the diesel tax works, linking into other services, how does the communication system work on the bus, and how is the time kept.
Alternatively, you could do a Google search to find some really interesting jobs which use mathematics – for example – pilots, designers, deep sea divers, astronauts. Please also ask your teacher for help, if you are getting stuck on finding new ideas.
"Maths is the best degree for jobs: you can do virtually anything you want,"
(Chris Budd, professor of mathematics at Bath University and chair of the London Mathematical Society (LMS)).
According to the Wall Street Journal: Mathematician is considered the Best Job of All Jobs.
Mathematicians median annual income was pegged at US$94,160.
The top 3 jobs on the list were:
1. Mathematician
2. Actuary
3. Statistician
5 of the 6 “Best Jobs” in terms of low stress, high compensation, autonomy, and hiring demand in the “Job Related Almanac” by Les Krantz are all math related.
"The top 15 highestearning college degrees all have one thing in common  math skills. That's according to a recent survey from the National Association of Colleges and Employers, which tracks college graduates' job offers."
Some unusual jobs include Theatre design, climatechange modelling, designing computer games. Another group of jobs is:
These are just some of the big questions about the Unusual Jobs Using Mathematics, that mathematics can help us understand.
Please think about what the underlying mathematics (or statistics) could be that relates to your question or questions in your poster.

Year 7 Theme  The Mathematics of Life (Years 7 and 8)
DNA analysis is important to crime scene investigations, knowledge of human and animal migrations, and many other areas of biology. DNA analysis relies heavily on statistical methods, and more generally, understanding aspects of Life on Earth, benefits greatly from use of mathematical methods. This theme asks you to think of what mathematics may relate to an understanding of Life on Earth.
The following notes are for guidance only. If you are stuck, please ask your teacher. However it is likely you will discover a really interesting topic to base your poster on.
Here are some of the questions associated with the mathematics Life category which you could think about for your poster (go to the Allan Wilson Centre website for more information)
 The mathematics of languages: how many languages are there, how many languages are being lost each year, how do people communicate in Facebook, how do words evolve, what are the main languages in the world and how are these changing, how are these ideas described by mathematics?
 The mathematics of DNA, population genetics, phylogenetics,
 The mathematics of populations: how do populations vary, what about human numbers, fish numbers, rabbit numbers, etc? How do we know how many wild dolphins there are about the NZ coast? How do algae blooms form?
 The mathematics of Evolution: extinctions, speciation, evolutionary game theory, how many people believe (do not believe) in the theory of Evolution and how does this vary in different countries?
These are just some of the big questions about life on Earth that mathematics can help us understand.
These are just some of the big questions about the The Mathematics of Life, that mathematics can help us understand.
Please think about what the underlying mathematics (or statistics) could be that relates to your question or questions in your poster.
Year 7 Theme  The Mathematics of Planet Earth and Beyond (Years 7  10)
The theme "Mathematics of Planet Earth and Beyond" challenges your imagination, by dealing with the mathematics associated with our Earth, as well as larger systems in the Universe.
The following notes are for guidance only. If you are stuck, please ask your teacher. However it is likely you will discover a really interesting topic to base your poster on. Here are some questions associated with the Mathematics Planet Earth and Beyond:


These are just some of the big questions about the Mathematics of Planet Earth and Beyond, that mathematics can help us understand.
Please think about what the underlying mathematics (or statistics) could be that relates to your question or questions in your poster.