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Making maths fun for Emerald students

2 May 2016

Getting to grips with mathematics will be much more exciting for students in Queensland’s Central Highlands, with a set of interactive maths puzzles being gifted today to the Central Highlands Science Centre in Emerald.

Assistant Minister for Science Karen Andrews presented the set of 55 portable puzzle placemats which explore a range of mathematical topics like problem-solving, counting, logic and arithmetic.

“For over two decades, the Central Highland Science Centre has been delivering activities that engage young people with science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM,” Mrs Andrews said.

“These puzzles will help the Centre encourage student’s interest in the essential but often neglected area of mathematics.”

Mrs Andrews said the puzzles were developed by Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre in Canberra, which has staged national and international tours of these highly portable exhibits.

Federal Member for Flynn, Ken O’Dowd has thanked Mrs Andrews for her visit to the region and says the puzzles will benefit many students.

“This gesture further strengthens the long-running friendship between Questacon and the Central Highland Science Centre and shows their shared commitment to ensuring more young people have the STEM skills they need for the jobs of the future,” Mr O’Dowd said.

Under the National Innovation and Science Agenda, the Government has invested $112 million to raise STEM literacy across the community, equip students with the skills they need for the digital age, and encourage more women to embark on, and stay in STEM study and careers.”

“These efforts will help to transform Australia into a 21st century economy powered by innovation, entrepreneurship and creativity,” Mrs Andrews said.

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