ANU MEDIA ALERT: Maths to take centre stage at ANU

Thursday, May 24, 2018 — Some of the brightest maths students from across New South Wales and the ACT will descend on The Australian National University (ANU) on Friday for Maths Day 2018.

Nearly 200 high-school students will take part in a series of challenges designed to encourage their love of maths.

Convener Malcolm Brooks from the ANU Mathematical Sciences Institute says it’s all about problem solving and the students will work together of variety of tasks.

“It’s encouraging for the students to meet other kids with similar interests. It shows them that they are not alone in their love of maths. It also allows the teachers to get together and compare notes.”

The event has been running for more than 30 years. As well as participants from Canberra there will be students from as far afield as the Snowy Mountains and Sydney.

The day will culminate in a relay challenge, where each team splits in two to tackle a series of 20 problems.

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WHO: Malcolm Brooks, Convener, ANU Maths Day and high-school students.

WHAT: Mathematical Sciences Institute’s annual Maths Day.

WHERE: ANU Sports Hall, Building 19 North Road, ANU.

WHEN: Friday, May 25 9am – 3pm (lunch break from 12 – 1pm)

MEDIA NOTE: Media crews welcome throughout the day. The relay contest starts at 2:15pm and provides the best picture opportunity of students in action.

For media assistance, contact the ANU media hotline on 02 6125 7979