Last term, as a learning community, we were inquiring into the wonders of the human body. We identified lots of different ways we can see mathematics in our bodies, which we grouped in three big areas – our form (how we look), function (how we move), and focus (how our brain works). These became our three Maths Talent Quest (MTQ) groups.
All three groups worked collaboratively on three terrific projects. They were each submitted to the MTQ competition run by the Maths Association of Victoria. If you haven’t already heard; Function and Focus both achieved Credit awards, and Form was awarded a High Distinction.
The ‘Form’ group was also selected as the Year 6 class entry from Victoria to go on to the next level of National judging (being multi-age, the rules stated we had to enter at the highest age of the students in our group). We were the winner of our category!
Last week, Aki and Noah went along to the ceremony at La Trobe uni to accept the awards on behalf of the group. We celebrated in our LC with a delicious cake made by one of our parents – thanks Petra!
Here are some of the snaps from the awards ceremony.
Wondering what our project was about? Haven’t already heard all about it?
The ‘form’ group’s inquiry began with us measuring our bodies in different ways, in small groups, which then sparked an interest in genetics. We built on this by creating surveys about different traits to research whether they’re inherited, collecting data from our peers.
We worked collaboratively as a group from week to week, working with different people each time according to our interest areas.
An excursion to the Melbourne Museum gave us an insight into what our early ancestors were like. We were amazed by how much we’ve changed.
It was at this point that we started wondering about evolution… and the focus of our project was decided…. What would humans look like in 1,000 years?
Our aim was to use what we know about our human form; measuring ourselves, collecting data, and calculating averages, and use this data to calculate changes to the human body based on what we predicted about the future.
We then applied what we learned to make a scale model of our future human.
A few final words from the kids…
“It was really fun and I learned a lot.” (Noah)
“I enjoyed working in different groups with people I wouldn’t usually work with.” (Olive B)
“I learned so many new things in our MTQ group. My small group worked out our average skin tone.” (Roman)
“It was fun getting up and accepting the trophy for everyone at the awards ceremony.” (Aki)
“We never thought we would make it this far!” (Saskia)
“We won!” (Keir)
“We surveyed people to get information about eye colour and hair colour and measured how tall we are.” (Charlotte) “And we had to work out averages.” (Jemimah)
“It was fun.” (Bromley)
“Our topic seemed pretty simple at first, but then it became quite diverse. We started thinking about life on Mars and it grew into all of this cool stuff.” (Oliver Rawson)
“All the work really paid off, we won Nationals.” (Lyla)
“I liked the sense of the achievement at the end when we were surrounded by our awards.” (Emily)
“I liked working with my friends.” (Cardamon)
“I had a good time doing it.” (Darcy)
“We all worked as a team.” (Olive K)
“We had a few ups and downs, we struggled figuring out some of our measurements, but we got there in the end.” (Milo M)
“It was awesome.” (Tabby)
“It was fun to collaborate with other people I wouldn’t normally work with” (Oliver Raleigh)
“It was good.” (Abbe)
“It was fun to investigate.” (Oliver H)
“So much fun.” (Nadia)