You Can Do Maths Ads Competition Winners Press Release

Winner Sees Her Math Ideas Take Life

PRESS RELEASE 22 OCTOBER 2009 Jacklyn Wong

The West Australian School girl Jacklyn Wong saw her ideas escape the page and come to life as her winning entry for You Can Do Maths was filmed this week. Jacklyn was selected from of a field of more than 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.

Jacklyn, a Year 10 student at St Stephen's School in Tapping WA, mined her love of scientific television crime dramas for her inspiration. "I am a real CSI fanatic," she said from the set of her very own television commercial, on location in Victoria. "I love all those shows, Numbers as well, and it just got me thinking about how much maths must be involved at the scene of a car accident. Figuring out the distance of a skid to estimate the speed of the car involved and who was at fault, it is all down to maths."

Jacklyn's teacher, Jennifer Blackwier had learnt of the competition in June at the AAMT biannual conference, held in Freemantle. "I saw it and it just jumped out at me, here is a way to show the students that maths can be used in all sorts of occupations, we had all our Year 10 math classes work at it. They are at a time in their studies where they have start deciding what they want to do with their lives, should they keep pursuing maths or study something else. Sitting them down to write this script really helped show the possibilities that sticking maths can lead to."\"

St Stephen's Artist In Residence, television producer Carole Kerr, worked with all the students, helping them understand the processes of scripting and filming while the schools Year 10 math teachers advised on the maths elements.

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 view as the boy's domain but that couldn't be farther 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:

Lara Gallagher, Emily Bills, Sarah Deck and Kiona Nicholl fromTara Anglican School for Girls, North Parramatta NSW

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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