AAMT e-news

for the Australian mathematics education community

6 June 2017


Applications for the 2017/18 Aboriginal Summer School for Excellence in Technology and Science (ASSETS) will close 16 June. More than 100 students from all over Australia will come together at one of three summer schools to be held in Adelaide, Newcastle and Townsville December 2017 –January 2018. 

ASSETS is for Year 10 students who are interested in science, technology, engineering or mathematics and who identify with their Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage. There is no cost to attend: airfares, meals and accommodation are provided.

For more information and to apply, go to  www.csiro.au/indigenous-assets/apply or contact the team on 03 9545 8700 or by email at assetsprogram@csiro.au.

EngQuest 2017

EnQuest is a free STEM-based program designed for lower primary, primary and middle-years students. The program consists of 11 hands-on and engaging projects from which students can choose, such as constructing a water wheel, straw bridge or solar cooker.

Go to www.engquest.org.au and register now for free access to the EngQuest curriculum resource material and to request the free, newly developed, EngQuest Education Pack (while stocks last).

Women's leadership development

Women & Leadership Australia (WLA) is administering a national initiative to support the development of female leaders across Australia’s education sector.

The initiative is providing women with grants of between $3000 and $8000 to enable participation in a range of leadership development programs.

The leadership development programs are part-time and delivered nationally via WLA’s blended learning model. Scholarship funding is strictly limited and has to be allocated prior to the end of this financial year (June 30).

Find out more and register your interest by completing the expression of interest form prior to 16 June 2017. Go to www.wla.edu.au/scholarships/education.html

Release of the National Report on Schooling resources

The National Report on Schooling in Australia 2014 has been released. ACARA produces this report on behalf of the COAG Education Council.

A new interactive resource called the National Report on Schooling data portal has been established and has also been released. While the national report is an annual update, with this edition containing 2014 data, the new data portal has more recent data on schools and schooling, including data on key performance measures.

Go to www.acara.edu.au/reporting/national-report-on-schooling-in-australia-2014.

Playing with Place Value

Paul Swan, David Dunstan

A list of commonly-used place value manipulatives, ordered in a progression to assist conceptual development. Australian Curriculum links and assessment ideas are included, as are blackline masters of Gattegno grids, dice digit boards, place value spinners, number expanders, ten frames and Montessori cards. There are year planners for each year level from one to six, which clearly outline the aspects of place value that need to be covered. And of course, lots of engaging games and activities!

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Other news

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Why Teachers Should Help Students Learn Effective Study Strategies

How Women Mentors Make a Difference in Engineering

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