Adam Spencer inspires school students in STEM

Monday, 22 October 2018

Australian comedian, media personality and one of the world's best mathematics communicators, Adam Spencer, will educate and inspire Hunter school students in a series of problem solving sessions today.

Adam Spencer

As part of his 90-minute program, Mr Spencer will help year 9 and 10 students tackle some of his most exciting mathematics and number puzzles - devised for his recently released book, Adam Spencer's Top 100.

Hosted jointly at the University of Newcastle by the University’s Faculty of Science and the Cessnock Academy of STEM Excellence (CASE), as part of their STEM Industry School Partnerships (SISP) project*, Mr Spencer will entertain over 400 students.

The University’s Associate Professor Peter Howley, who is a STEM Ambassador with Science and Technology Australia, said the University is very pleased to be involved in bringing Mr Spencer to the region.

“Mr Spencer masterfully engages students. He presents difficult mathematics in a fun and approachable way and challenges students to solve problems they may not normally attempt," Associate Professor Howley said.

"The University’s Faculty of Science, and School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, is very pleased to be partnering with CASE in bringing Mr Spencer to the Hunter audience."

Dr Scott Sleap, Leader of CASE and SISP said Mr Spencer is a fantastic motivational presenter who inspired students to 'give maths a go' by showing them its applications in our day-to-day lives.

Students will also receive a copy of Mr Spencer's book at a signing as part of the event.

*Led by the NSW Department of Education, SISP matches regional schools with industry partners and technology programs. The pilot aims to contribute to the Education Council’s national goal to upskill students and teachers in STEM in preparation for the jobs that industry will need in the future. SISP is guided by the recommendations identified in the National STEM School Education Strategy (December 2015) and Optimising STEM industry-school partnerships: Inspiring Australia’s next generation (April 2018).

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