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Many thanks to Ravinesh Chand of Avondale Intermediate for sharing these photos of his maths class taking part in CensusAtSchool.

Maths Week 2022 will be held between Monday 8 August and Friday 12 August.

This year is the 25th anniversary of Maths Week – it started in 1998. To mark the occasion, we are having a “Design a Maths Week Logo” competition for all students in
Years 1 – 11. Entries will be made on the Maths Week website during Maths Week. There will be four year-level prizes. Supplementary prizes may also be awarded.

Maths Week provides resources for teachers and students to support the mathematics and statistics curriculum. Last year, 278 000 students and 6901 teachers throughout New Zealand registered for Maths Week. Maths Week material is available free, online, to teachers, students, and the public.

Teachers who register for Maths Week also have access to answers to questions and other notes. They will have access to this material from Monday 25 July.

The aims of Maths Week are:

  • to encourage student’s interest in mathematics and statistics
  • to give teachers resources that they can use in the classroom, particularly material that requires some research and which may not be readily available to them, or that can be used electronically in class
  • to show the pleasure that mathematics can provide and some of the everyday places where it can be used
  • to give teachers material that can provide an extension.

Maths Week resources are written in five levels for all students from Year 1 through to Year 11.

Learn more: https://www.mathsweek.co.nz

Stats PD in your PJs

It’s not too late to register for this weekend’s AMAonline event. It’s free and you can watch it with friends!

The keynote speaker is Tim Erickson (10 am session), one of America’s top data science educators.

The title of Tim’s talk is Connecting functions and geometry through data and modeling. What a great title – talk about connections!

Check out the lineup of other great presenters and register here.

Grab a coffee and see you there!

World Wildlife Day was started by the United Nations to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants.

The theme for 2022 is ‘Recovering key species for ecosystem restoration’ and it will look at the need to reverse the fate of most critically endangered species and to support the restoration of their habitats and ecosystems.

The Albatross tracker is a resource for both primary and secondary students, looking at where our native Antipodean wandering albatross and Northern Royal albatross travel and live in Aotearoa New Zealand.

The app is Perfect for  I notice…. I wonder…..

Follow a single bird, or compare the behaviour of different birds or species.

Here are some of the variables you can explore:

  • Name: Darvic number/Band number/ Band combination to identify the bird
  • Argos ID: Satellite tracker ID
  • Colony: Breeding colony of the tagged bird
  • Season: Year the bird was tracked
  • Metadata: In the format Species_ breeding status_ sex_ Bird ID (eg: ANT_B_F_W12D is a breeding female Antipodean albatross with the Darvic band W12D)
  • Distance Flown: Estimated distance flown since tagging

Happy albatross tracking! Let us know how you used this data in your classroom. We love to hear your data exploration stories, and what students discovered in the data.

Breaking News

The #DataViz Headline Challenge Starts Friday!

Showcase your statistical literacy and journalism skills by submitting your clear and compelling headlines for New York Times graphs in March’s four weekly challenges. The 2022 spring contest will run from March 4 – 30.

Finalists will be published on the This is Statistics website each week in partnership with the New York Times Learning Network, and top winners will get prizes.

Head over to the #DataViz Headlines Challenge webpage to learn more!