Feast of Pi

Picture2The fifth annual Coonabarabran High School Mathematics Festival – Feast of Pi will be held on Friday July 29, 2016. The goal of the Feast of Pi is to raise the profile of Mathematics as a discipline in the school, thus encouraging students to recognize the significance of acquiring Mathematical skills which can open the door to an extensive range of career opportunities.

Given the Government’s pledge in 2015 to spend $84 million “inspiring” Australians in digital literacy and science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and the fact that International research indicates that approximately 75% of the fastest growing occupations require STEM skills and knowledge, the importance of STEM disciplines for the future economic and social wellbeing of Australia cannot be underestimated.

The focus of the 2016 Feast of Pi will be on STEM skills. Students will be provided with opportunity to participate in a variety of workshops and presentations designed to enrich mathematical and scientific understanding and student engagement.

This year we are fortunate to have the Outreach team from UNSW Physics present the following workshops:

Digital Science Lab: Astronomy

Students are taken on a tour of the southern night sky and learn about stars and the solar system inside an inflatable portable planetarium. This will be followed up by a movie called ‘Capturing the Cosmos’,a production that was put together by Melbourne Planetarium and CAASTRO in highlighting some of the big Australian astronomical projects!

Photo Physics

Students learn about how to form an image and get to build their own pin-hole camera.

Understanding Gravity 

Students learn about Einstein’s Theory of Relativity via an interactive space-time curvature demonstration. This is followed up by a construction activity in building ‘Einstein’s Toy’ in demonstrating the equivalence principle.

Harry Langes the Virtual Mathematics Faculty Leader will deliver lectures to our senior and junior mathematics students. Recently Harry has been working in primary schools with a focus on working mathematically and problem solving. He is passionate about getting students to think about their responses and being able to articulate them to others. Harry will concentrate on areas of the Mathematics curriculum which students often have difficulties with in their HSC exam and as an experienced HSC marker Harry will share many tips that will benefit students in their future HSC studies.

A highlight of the Feast of Pi will be a dinner on Thursday night July 28th  at “Birds of a Feather” at 6.30pm. Cost is $50 for nibbles and a 2 course meal. Bring your own drinks.

Tickets are available from the School Office.

We encourage parents, staff and the general public to join us for an enjoyable night socializing with our presenters.

Please contact Debbie Redden or Kylie Deshon at Coonabarabran High School 6842 1099 for more information.