Scitech brings maths murder mysteries to northern suburbs schools

Natalie Dowd (Scitech professional learning consultant) and Kristy Harrison (deputy principal). Photo: Martin Kennealey
Natalie Dowd (Scitech professional learning consultant) and Kristy Harrison (deputy principal). Photo: Martin Kennealey

SEVERAL northern suburbs schools have become the scene of mathematical murder mysteries recently.

Scitech took its ‘Maths Murder Mystery’ series to Creaney Primary School in Kingsley on November 6, as well as Goollelal, Edgewater and North Woodvale primary schools in late October.

Students, parents and teachers solved crime using mathematical techniques and analytical thinking during the evening events.

They were part of the Alcoa Maths Enrichment Program, which involved 400 students and 16 teachers.

“The Alcoa Maths Enrichment Program brings a fun and inquiry-based approach to learning, which engages students, upskills teachers, empowers parents and inspires students,” Scitech chief executive Deb Hancock said.

“Simplifying complex concepts and employing a hands-on approach helps make learning and applying maths fun, enjoyable and most importantly relatable.”

Ms Hancock said the program improved maths engagement and understanding throughout WA.

As part of the program, parents are shown how to practice numeracy skills at home through games, conversations and asking questions about their child’s life, for example from pocket money to planning their time to cooking.