Maths Week continues again this year. It is being held from Monday August 10th until Friday August 14th. Last year there were over 164,545 students registered throughout New Zealand. This year we are confident there will be more! Maths Week is written for all students from Year 1 through to Year 11. The type of mathematics written in Maths Week is aimed particularly at applying the subject in a bright attractive way to all sorts of things which are relevant to student’s lives. It is written to appeal to students and is related to the curriculum with a different emphasis. The Challenge Section will have the popular Daily Dollar Questions and the Survivor Series Challenges for all Levels of students. This year the interactive and popular “Who wants to be a Maths Millionaire?” continues. This has been very well received by students and teachers in the past and this year it is fully interactive. Some of “Maths Millionaire” challenges will be on themes. The themes include the Great Pyramids, Songs, Shapes, Logic, famous mathematicians, … There will be two Maths Millionaire challenges each day. One for senior students and one for junior students. This year a new section has been added. This is an interactive section on rail trips throughout New Zealand. There will be one trip each day. All the Challenges are written in Word and in PDF form for easy access by students and Teachers. Answers will be provided for Teachers along with suggestions as to how the challenges can be worked. Teachers should register early on www.mathsweek.org.nz. to gain these. The very popular Games Section will be updated but similar to last year. These will be interactive.
A workshop to solve thought-provoking and industry relevant challenges through mathematics is being held in New Zealand after a gap of nine years. Join an assembly of New Zealand’s and Australia’s brightest maths minds on 29 June to 3 July, at Massey University Auckland to work on solving complex questions. Attendance is free for participating mathematicians, together with all other mathematical scientists, and subsidies are expected for postgraduate students to attend. Teachers of mathematics are welcome as well. A number of New Zealand businesses, including Compac Sorting, will be involved and are now identifying the challenges they need solved.
Up to six core business problems will be presented to participating mathematicians by businesses. In these workshops, industrial organisations present problems from their own context, and then subgroups are formed to develop solutions during the week, culminating in a review session on the final day. A plenary address will be given by a leading international industrial mathematical scientist. Publication of reports is encouraged for the ANZIAM Journal of Applied Mathematics (Series E).
The newly formed Mathematics-in-Industry New Zealand (MINZ) is running the event, led by Australian and New Zealand Industrial and Applied Mathematics Group (ANZIAM) and Kiwi Innovation Network (KiwiNet), and is supported by Centre for Mathematics-in-Industry Massey University, AUT Mathematical Sciences Group, Te Pūnaha Matatini (the Complex Systems Centre) and Callaghan Innovation.
Engineering E2E – highlighting career opportunities for students
The Government’s goal to increase the number of engineering graduates by 500+ per year by 2017 opens up great opportunities for your Mathsstudents.
While some job hunters with ‘popular’ degrees might experience difficulty in finding work, that’s not the case for engineering graduates. In fact, there’s a huge shortage of engineers graduating with a New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Level 6) or Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Level 7). In response to the demand for more graduates with these qualifications, the Government aims to increase the numbers of students enrolling in institutes of technology and polytechnics (ITPs).
In September 2014, Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce announced that the Government would allocate an extra $40 million (on top of the $52 million in the 2012/2013 budgets) to reach its target of 500 more engineering graduates per year from 2017.
The Tertiary Education Commission established the Engineering Education-to-Employment (E2E) initiative in mid-2014 to help achieve the Government’s goal of increasing engineering graduates. E2E works with engineering employers and ITPs to raise awareness of opportunities and alternative pathways in engineering and target preparation for engineering study such as bridging and foundation courses.
The Senior Mathematics competition for New Zealand is open to all students doing a year 12 or year 13 mathematics course and provides challenging questions for the more able students, with significant prizes, including airfares to the venue of the final paper, paid for by our generous sponsors. For many years the competition was based in Christchurch and it is now run from Upper Hutt.
Questions cover any of the topics in year 12 mathematics except calculus and students may use calculators.
The initial paper is done in mid-May, in the students’ own schools, the final for the top 15 candidates in mid-August in Upper Hutt. Entries close at the end of term one.
GEMS Education, are seeking senior secondary maths curriculum writers to develop online learning activities for Cambridge AS level Pure Maths and Statistics.
The writer positions are part of a global online curriculum development initiative – the aim of which is to produce quality digital curriculum and online courses that can be accessed by any learner, school and country and that leads to internationally recognised qualifications.
To participate in the development of online primary, secondary and senior secondary courses for English, Mathematics and Science by writing engaging lessons and activities referenced to contemporary teaching strategies to be used in blended and virtual classrooms. GEMS Education is working with cutting edge technology and with the consultation of some key figures in online curriculum design so this is an opportunity for your members to be involved in something innovative and exciting.
Consultation on Review and Maintenance Programme (RAMP) for Mathematics & Statistics and Science Learning Areas of The New Zealand Curriculum
Consultation is now open for Mathematics & Statistics and Science learning areas.
As part of the Ministry of Education’s ongoing maintenance programme of NCEA, we have begun a five-year cycle of reviewing our resources and their links to the NCEA achievement standards in each learning area. The first learning areas we are looking at are Mathematics & Statistics and Science.
We are seeking feedback from the secondary sector and wider stakeholders that provides valuable information about the following materials:
teaching and learning guides
matrix of outcomes from curriculum levels 6-8
achievement standards in relation to the NZC
conditions of assessment
exemplars of student work.
We are running a consultation for each learning area in the form of an online survey. Both surveys are now live and will be available until Tuesday 7 April. You can access the surveys via the following links:
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