Students, parents and teachers from Kwinana used mathematical techniques and analytical thinking to solve a series of challenges, including fictional crime, at Scitech’s Maths Murder Mystery events in November.
Part of the Alcoa Maths Enrichment Program, Peter Carnley Anglican Community School, St Vincent’s School and Calista Primary School all took part in the events.
Kalien Selby, Scitech Chief Executive Officer said, “The Alcoa Maths Enrichment Program is an excellent example of what Scitech is renowned for. It brings an inquiry-based approach to learning and combines multiple approaches which upskill teachers, empower parents and engage students with lasting effect.”
“Simplifying complex concepts and employing a hands-on approach helps make learning and applying maths fun, enjoyable and most importantly relatable. This is an incredibly successful program that Scitech and Alcoa are immensely proud to deliver, improving maths engagement and understanding throughout Western Australia.”
As part of the program, parents are shown how to practice numeracy skills at home through games, conversations and asking questions about their child’s life, from pocket money to planning their time to cooking.
For teachers, the program encourages leadership in their approach to teaching maths, improves their skills and builds their confidence to get results from their students.
Alcoa has supported the Alcoa Maths Enrichment Program since 2012. It takes a multi-modal approach delivering two face-to-face professional learning streams, the Alcoa Real World Maths and Alcoa Champions of Maths programs.
The Maths Murder Mystery is part of the Alcoa Real World Maths component and is one of a series of workshops and consultations that create a positive experience for teachers, parents and students to work together in a fun, hands-on and supported environment.
The Alcoa Champions of Maths program aims to develop teachers’ daily classroom practice and instructional methods through an individualised mentoring and coaching program, consisting of expert training, observation, reflection and assisted planning.