You Can Do Maths Ads Competition Winners Press Release

Winners See Their Math Ideas Take Life

PRESS RELEASE 22 OCTOBER 2009 Lara Gallagher, Emily Bills, Sarah Deck, Kiona Nicholl

Four Tara Anglican School girls saw their ideas escape the page and come to life as their winning entry for You Can Do Maths was filmed this week. The students, Lara Gallagher, Emily Bills, Sarah Deck, Kiona Nicholl were selected from a field of more then 2000 entries in a competition run by The Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers (AAMT) and sponsored by Kinetic Education.

You Can do Maths is aimed at getting students to think about how maths can help in real life situations. Students from all around Australia submitted scripts showing their own visions of real-life maths problems.

The four Year 9 students entered the competition as part of a class assignment, in which the class was broken into groups and set to work scripting. The girls came up with plenty of ideas, from an author adding up royalties and movie directors visualising camera angles, but it was their male nurse that won it for them. "We just started brain storming," the girls said from the set of their very own television commercial. "We thought 'Hey! Not only do nurses have to figure out pulse rates but also exact medication doses must get really tricky." As part of the filming, Emily Bills even got to join in on-set as an extra, playing the part of a patient in the next bed at the hospital.

Tara Anglican's Maths Coordinator Mrs Desely Williams felt getting the girls thinking about their future in maths was an invaluable learning tool. "Here is a way to show the students that maths can be used in all sorts of occupations," she said. "Because it utilises a number of the girl's other strengths, such as English and drama, it helps them see maths in a real world context and not in dry isolation. We were very keen to get involved with the You Can Do Maths competition, and the fact that a subject that is normally seen as a male domain has been won by our girls illustrates just how effective programs like this can be as part of the school syllabus."

Simon Pryor, CEO of the Mathematical Association of Victoria said he is proud to be involved in promoting maths through Australian schools. "It is great to see students engaged with maths, be it in the classroom or creating real world situations like this. I am also very please to see girls getting involved with maths and winning our competition. For too long maths and science has been viewed as the boy's domain but that couldn't be further from the truth. In creating You Can Do Maths we hope to get students to visualise their own future careers and understand just how import maths will be for them."

"It is all about creating the right attitude towards maths," said Kinetic CEO Jonathan Sanghvi. "Australian School students need to be shown that maths doesn't need to be boring or hard, it's helpful everyday in all sorts of professions, professions that they may well aspire to. We are very proud to be providing support for You Can do Math and all the great initiatives that the AAMT undertakes to promote the learning of maths."

The 30 second Community Service Announcement (CSA) television commercial will be screened nationally from November 2009.

Other winners included:

Jacklyn Wong from St Stephen's School, Tapping WA

Monica Mazzachi, Mackenzie Fry, Liza Totani, Sophie White and Christina Nijhawan from Loreto College, Marryatville SA

Dan Le from St Stephen's School, Tapping WA

Lachie Walker, Jake Chaseling, Jarred Prowd and Michael Howell from South Gippsland Secondary College, Foster VIC

Krshna Capaque from Parap Primary School, Parap NT

You Can Do Maths is an AAMT initiative and sponsored by Kinetic Education.

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