AMSI Choose Mathematics
We were lucky enough to have the opportunity to take some of our year 10 mathematics students to a special event run by the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI). The experience is designed to encourage female maths students to consider careers in mathematics. The girls found the day very valuable and Ritu Mane 10D2 was happy to share her thoughts.
"On Tuesday 7th of March, 30 female year 10 Maths Methods students were invited by AMSI to attend a private screening of Hidden Figures - a movie about three African-American women, who were the brilliant minds behind the mission of sending astronaut John Glenn into orbit.
We had special guest speakers: First, we had Lee Turnley, a Composite Research Engineer at Boeing Research and Technology Australia, who spoke about her love for choosing a career in mathematics and the impact it has had for her. Next up was Charles Gray, a Sessional Lecturer and Demonstrator at LaTrobe University, who is also completing her PhD research with a focus on meta-analysis. She was a musician for almost 20 years until she realised that her interests were in problem solving and decided to follow that passion. Both spoke of the CHOOSEMATHS Program, which encourages female students to take a look at the opportunities they have in mathematical careers.
Once the movie had finished we had the opportunity to have lunch and speak with either of the two guest speakers. They talked about how maths can open doors for future careers and how much mathematics dominates science and technology."
Ritu Mane 10D2
It was excellent to see the girls take the opportunity to discuss possible career paths within mathematics with the guest speakers after the event.