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The Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI), BHP Billiton Foundation and Muswellbrook High School are partnering with members of the Upper Hunter business community to inspire 120 Year 9 and 10 students to choose maths.

In 2016 only 7 per cent of girls and just over 13 per cent of boys participated in Year 12 advanced mathematics. This lack of engagement poses a very real threat to skill supply in regional economies such as the Upper Hunter.

As they begin to consider Year 11 and 12 subject choices, this event will provide Muswellbrook High students with deeper understanding of the value of mathematics as a career pathway. Students will join a panel of local business representatives for a day of interactive activities and presentations. A ‘speed dating’ session will put students in one-on-one contact with local industry, providing opportunity for powerful discussion about careers and advice from regional mathschampions.

Media Opportunity 20 March 2018– Interviews, Filming and Photographs

Venue: Muswellbrook High School, King Street, Muswellbrook

Media welcome to attend the following sessions:

Session 1 – 9.30 am – 10.30 am (including ‘speed dating’)
Session 2 –11.30 am – 12.30 pm (Quiz, activities)
Session 3 –1.10 pm – 2.50 pm – (Lunch and afternoon sessions)

Available for interview:
Students, Head Maths Teacher, Head STEM Teacher, and speakers

Register arrival at reception.

Regional Industry Panel

  • Lauren McIntosh, Accountant, Bengalla Mining Company Pty Ltd
  • Grace Tesoriero, Second Year Student, University of Newcastle, Mathematics & Education
  • Dr Julia Collins. Women in MathsNetwork Coordinator, AMSI
  • Kanchan Ranadive, Manager, Singleton Branch, Commonwealth Banking
  • Dr Catherine Chicken, Veterinarian, Scone Equine
  • Annalise Kaye, Design & Technology Teaching Student (First Year), University of Newcastle, Guitar Designer and Maker
  • Solai Valliappan (Keynote), Consultant Risk Analyst & ChooseMaths Careers Ambassador
  • Chris White, Community Team Manager, NSW Energy Coal, BHP
  • Dr Maureen Edwards, Senior Lecturer, School of Mathematics & Applied Statistics, University of Wollongong
  • Dr Shona Yu, MathsEducator, University of Sydney/Deakin University

As demonstrated by the diverse speaker panel above, maths continues to play a vital role in the growth and prosperity of the Upper Hunter regional economy. This event is part of ongoing engagement to equip the emerging workforce, particularly girls, with the skills to drive innovation to optimise industry and secure future prosperity.

Media Contact: Laura Watson
AMSI Media Advisor

M: 04215 18733
P: +613 9035 3683

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