Scitech is making strides in getting more South West students interested in important subjects.
Scitech hosted Maths Murder Mystery evenings at Leschenault Catholic Primary School on May 8 and at Treendale Primary School on May 10.
Students, parents and teachers solved crimes using mathematical techniques and analytical thinking.
This evenings were part of a unique, year-long initiative – the Alcoa Maths Enrichment Program – which Scitech is running exclusively at Leschenault Catholic Primary School, Australind Primary School and Treendale Primary School throughout 2018.
Scitech, supported by the Alcoa Foundation, has run it in regional Western Australia since 2012.
The program takes a three-way approach to the learning relationship: engaging teachers, students and parents alike through workshops, information sessions and events to improve understanding in the classroom and at home.
The Maths Murder Mystery evening was designed as a positive experience for both parents and students, to work on solving problems together in a fun, hands-on and supported environment.
For teachers, the program encourages leadership in their approach to teaching maths, improves their skills and builds their confidence to get fantastic results from their students.
Scitech Chief Executive Officer Deb Hancock said the program was helping to keep children engaged in maths.
“Interest and engagement in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths subjects have been declining, however, these subjects are critical to the fastest growing future job prospects,” she said.
“Programs such as the Alcoa Maths Enrichment Program are an excellent example of what Scitech is renowned for.”
The Alcoa Maths Enrichment Program runs in weekly blocks across the year, from three to six weeks per term.
The year ends in November with a Family Maths Comedy Show hosted by maths comedian and numeracy ambassador Simon Pampena and a graduation ceremony.