Mathematical Association of Tasmania

PO Box 5096

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Solving Problems with Maths!

Solving Problems with Maths - Website

Where do we use Maths in everyday life? How do Mathematicians use maths to solve problems? This workshop gives students in Years 4 - 6 a taste of real-life mathematical problem solving via a series of mini-workshops that take place on one afternoon. The mini-workshops for 2018 are:

Problem 1: How do bees survive?

You will use Mathematics to solve problems faced by bees. How will you make your hive, for instance?

Problem 2: Is Maths everywhere?

You will go on a Maths walk to see the maths in the world around us! What will you find?

Problem 3: Where's the maths in Lego?

Lego is fun and... mathematical? Sure! Learn some of the amazing mathematics involved in Lego construction.

Problem 4: What's the best strategy for building a dog run?

You're planning to build a dog run for your pooch. How much will maths help you? A lot, as it turns out!


Solving Problems with Maths! 2018 (student workshops)

There will be two workshops offered in 2018 for students in Years 4 - 6 (please note that there will not be a Launceston workshop offered this year).


Sunday 28th October, 12noon – 4pm

Burnie High School

For students in Years 4 – 6




Saturday 3rd November, 12noon – 4pm

Guilford Young College, Glenorchy Campus

For students in Years 4 – 6


The cost is $20 per student and includes a pizza lunch. This workshop is for students in Years 4 - 6 only. Due to presenter availability, there is an overall limit of 80 students. Registrations open soon and close one week before the event. The registration process is lengthy and is best completed by/with the child's parent. Please note that we cannot accept registrations on the day; students MUST be registered via Eventbrite.

Organiser: Emily Peterson (


2017 Workshops:

In 2017, MAT offered three Solving Problems with Maths! student workshops: Burnie: Sunday 30th July 2017; Launceston: Saturday 23rd October 2017; Hobart: Saturday 4th November 2017. We have received very positive feedback from students, parents and teachers. A Launceston parent said:

[Our sons] had a wonderful time yesterday. They couldn't stop talking about all they had learned. I haven't seen them so excited about ideas for a while. What a wonderful program... The team that gave up their weekend, to run this class, should be applauded. To spend their time exciting our children about ideas, for such little compensation, is noble and praiseworthy!

Problem 1: Where am I, exactly?

You will use Mathematics to find where you are! You'll find some nearby geocaches too.

Problem 2: How do flowers know how to grow?

You will learn about the pattern that flowers follow when they grow and you’ll create geometric art!

Problem 3: How do we put large objects into Space?

You will learn about how origami folds have enabled us to send large objects into Space!

Problem 4: How do machines send messages?

You will learn how to use binary, the code that is used by computers to send messages.