Maths equa­tion

Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - News - ED­U­CA­TION Madeleine Stephens

School­girls taught the true value of maths.

YEAR 9 girls from 14 schools across Perth spent last Wed­nes­day at Pen­rhos Col­lege for the Girls Choose Maths 4 STEM con­fer­ence.

More than 160 stu­dents heard from guest speak­ers and took part in ca­reer speed-dat­ing and work­shops that aimed to en­cour­age girls to choose high­level maths in high school.

Pen­rhos Col­lege maths men­tor cap­tain Vivi­enne Holt said she found the Q&A par­tic­u­larly in­ter­est­ing.

“One of the speak­ers asked the girls ‘who thinks they are not good at maths’; I think maybe 60 per cent of girls put up their hands,” she said.

“But it was so in­ter­est­ing be­cause a lot of what they were say­ing was that you don’t have to be good at maths, it’s about do­ing it be­cause you love it and it’s in­ter­est­ing.”

Choose­maths out­reach of­fi­cer Ju­lia Collins, who was the MC for the con­fer­ence, said the speak­ers were fan­tas­tic and that

Elyssia Shear­man’s story had re­ally res­onated.

Ms Shear­man left school early to join the Aus­tralian De­fence Force.

“She’s now gone back to uni­ver­sity to study a psy­chol­ogy de­gree, so I think there is hope for every­body, Ms Collins said. “Even if you didn’t choose maths in Year 11, there’s noth­ing to stop you go­ing back in life later to do that.

“The mes­sage from all the speak­ers, whether it was the speed daters or the key­note speaker, was the more maths you can do at school, the bet­ter it will be for your whole life, no mat­ter what ca­reer you go into.”

She said sur­vey data showed con­fer­ences like the one at Pen­rhos can change maths choices.


Dr Ju­lia Collins with Vivi­enne Holt.

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