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Education Week



Get involved, intrigued and inspired by maths during Education Week from 17-23 May 2015.

There are hundreds of rewarding maths-related careers and fascinating pathways.

Schools and early childhood programs are encouraged to explore maths with students and parents during Education Week using the activity ideas, promotional tools, teaching resources and helpful course and career links found on this site.

The Great Victorian Coding Challenge

Can you be creative with maths? Yes indeed!

Take part in The Great Victorian Coding Challenge in the lead-up to Education Week this year and bring maths to life in your classroom.

Using the simple software Scratch already installed on government-school computers, students can create and animate their very own characters and games, and have the chance to win a full-day excursion to specialist maths and science centre Quantum Victoria.

There’s plenty of support for teachers with no knowledge of coding, including short webinars, online resources and ideas for classroom activities.

Registrations are now open. For further information and to register your class, see: The Great Victorian Coding Challenge

To explore Scratch, see: Scratch - Imagine, Program, Share

To watch primary schools use Scratch for game creation, see: FUSE - Using Scratch in primary school

To be inspired by things you can do with Scratch as well as some of the many benefits of learning to code, see: Mitch Resnick: Let's teach kids to code.

Free maths activities for schools

The Education Week Calendar of Activities features maths-themed educational activities for school groups.

Museums, galleries, libraries, farms, performance groups and other community organisations with education programs are all part of this year’s fun. Places are limited and bookings essential. See: Calendar of Activities.

Specialist centres focus on maths and science

Thousands of students participate in excursions and outreach programs run by Victoria’s six Specialist Science and Mathematics Centres.

The centres provide students with access to high-quality specialist programs in mathematics and science, as well as professional learning programs for teachers.

For more information about the six centres and their education programs, see: 

Free exhibition for the general public

The ‘School Days: Education in Victoria’ exhibition explores the history of education in Victoria and features photos, videos, text books and memorabilia of Victorian schools from the late 1800s to present.

The exhibition is on at the Old Treasury Building Museum and runs from March until September 2015. For more information, see: School Days | Old Treasury Building.

For further information

Queries about Education Week may be emailed to: education.week@edumail.vic.gov.au.