MATHS EMPOWERING GIRLS DAY 2021
In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
Alhamdulillah, ten Year 9 girls were blessed to be given the opportunity to join 230 other like-minded girls from across Perth to meet professionals in Mathematics and related disciplines who are passionate about its study and application. The annual Maths Empowering Girls Day, held on Tuesday 30 November 2021, enabled Year 9 girls to recognise the amazing opportunities available from studying higher level maths and appreciate the value of maths and mathematical thinking. The event also highlighted the important role we all have to play in breaking down the stereotypes and gendered roles in our communities.
The day started with very inspiring guest speakers Cheryl E Praeger AC and Renee Gardiner who are experts in their fields of work, sharing their stories and how they use maths and statistics in their day-to-day jobs. This was followed by 3 interesting workshops to see how women are using maths to accomplish great feats.
Firstly, our girls visited the Curtin HIVE (Hub for Immersive Visualisation and eResearch). It is an advanced facility established by the university to serve the growing demands of researchers and industry for visualisation, virtualisation and simulation capabilities in Western Australia. During the session, our girls were introduced to how cratering occurs on Mars, explored a “Crater Counting” activity and even used a VR facility to calculate the actual lengths across craters on Mars.
Next, we attended a ‘Growth Mindset’ workshop, a session aimed at making you think about how you think about mathematics. Our girls learned about ways to tackle problems with a mathematical thinking approach, connecting ideas and recognising the amazing patterns that exist naturally in the world around us.
Finally, we got to have some fun playing with the TI Rover, providing our girls with a new way to experience and connect mathematics, coding and movement. It was a valuable session that encourages them to ask, “what if…?” and inspires them to persist in finding solutions to make the vehicle perform the way they want it to.
Alhamdulillah, it was a momentous day for all of us, evidently helping the girls elevate their confidence and understanding, seeing what they could achieve in the future and how many jobs actually include mathematics. Because notably, mathematics is the doorway to a multitude of exciting educational and career pathways.