Maths Explains Our World (MEOW)

MEOW (Maths Explains our World) workshops are delivered by JCU experts from a range of disciplines. High achieving Year 8 students learn how maths is used to help explain how the world works in contexts that are vastly different from the school classroom. For workshop dates and registration, see JCU Events.

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


'When zombies attack! The maths of infection rates'

Activities cover exponential growth and trends


'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