Project: Maths!

All this recent falafel about art, music and cooking has annoyed the STEM lords and stirred them to action!  You previously read here how the Sixth Years did so well in the IMTA competition.  Now, Ms. NiAonghusa sends us a wrap-up of the other goings-on in Maths this year, and to be fair, they have been busy!

Michael Donnelly and Coleman Hegarty qualified for the Junior Maths Competition, hosted by Oatlands College.  Qualification is through a open but rigorous examination, and to have two students from first year get selected is quite an achievement.

Sixth Years enjoyed trigonometry al fresco in Herbert Park, where students mimicked Hipparchus of Nicaea, using their theorems (and calculators) to measure real-life geometric shapes.

Second Years explored the exciting realm of three-dimensional figures, by making ‘nets*’ (and decorating them with interesting ads).  *A “Geometry Net” is a flattened out three dimensional solid (a three dimensional shape) — like a cube, a prism or a pyramid. When you cut out the “net”, fold it and glue it together you can see what the three dimensional shape looks like.

Of course, there is always lunch-time sudoku to pass the time.

And, far below, you see a panoramic shot of all of 1B exploring their ‘median’ height.  It will be interesting to see how this line-up changes over the years: sometimes the late-bloomers pass out the early birds.  Watch out, Lucas! Come on, Shane!