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Maths Explains Our World

MEOW (Maths Explains our World) workshops are delivered by JCU experts from a range of disciplines on the JCU Townsville campus. High achieving Year 8 students learn how maths can help to explain how the world works in contexts that are vastly different from the school classroom. Watch the video below to learn more about the workshops. For more information on when MEOW workshops will run, see the “What’s on” page.

Following the campus workshop information are resources to run your own MEOW workshop at your school or classroom worksheets to explore a topic that is relevant to North Queensland students.

MEOW Overview

MEOW Teaching resources

Teachers can use these fully developed activities to contextualise maths content. Activities are suitable for Years 8-10.

'Anatomy of a throw'

Activities cover Pythagoras' theorem, speed and percentage

'The great chem-mystery'

Activities cover units, measurement and conversions

'The value of Castle Hill'

Activities cover marginal cost/benefit, multiplier effect

'Volcanic hot spots and continental drift'

Activities cover graphing, slopes and rates

'Forces, motion and egg-xtreme impacts'

Activities cover energy, measurement and error bars

MEOW Experiences

Maths Explains our Experiences in and Out of this World

Ideas to inspire students to explore topics around the world and beyond with mathematics. Concepts include traffic jams, rollercoasters, space travel and other resources.