Nurturing maths and science

Principal manager of the Resources and Energy Program Sean Holden is looking forward to a Maths and Science summit in Port Augusta on November 23.“It takes a village to raise a child” is the mantra of an upcoming maths and science summit in Port Augusta.
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The summit is targeted at teachers, parents, community members and employers, to identify who the villagers are and how they can play a part in educating students in a community leading to pathways into employment.

The Resources and Energy Program ( REP), an initiative of the state government’s Department of Education and Child Development, is coordinating the summit for the upper Spencer Gulf in Port Augusta.

During the Summit, the spotlight will be on maths and science and how all members of the community can work together to improve the uptake and achievement levels in our schools.

A holistic overview will be provided covering the transition from early childhood to school to training to a job in the resources and energy generation sectors.

Principal manager of REP Sean Holden says there will be a range of special guest speakers attending the summit.

Those guests include OZ Mineral’s general manager of Prominent Hill operations Brian Kilgariff, Regional Development Australia Far North chair Jen Cleary and recent students who have used maths and science to determine their choices into careers.

“We are very pleased to have secured Professor Martin Westwell as the Summit facilitator,” Mr Holden said.

Professor Westwell is the first director of the Flinders Centre for Science Education in the 21st Century, and is also a member on the South Australian Certificate of Education Board.

“Not only that he is a passionate advocate for maths and science and has worked with communities overseas to help them discover the individual, social, cultural and economic benefits of greater maths and science skills,” Mr Holden said.

To take part in the November 23 summit call Sean Holden on 0428 101 990.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.