Delany students explore maths in the real world!

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Delany College Year 9 and 10 students visited the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) to explore how science and maths data contributes to our everyday lives


Forget the textbooks and excel spreadsheets, students can experience, analyse and understand data in a whole different way.

On a recent excursion to the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Years 9 and 10 students from Delany College, Granville were able to engage with data to see how science and mathematics contributes to so much of what we do everyday.

Facilitated by UTS as part of their outreach learning program for secondary schools, students from Delany explored workshops on a variety of data scenarios. For Year 10 student, Brandon Zaiter it was the 360 degree, 3D Data arena that really captured his interest.

“We 'flew' through a cave, seeing data points that represented the density of our surroundings,” Brandon said. “We investigated how nutrition can be graphed, and in turn be used by medical staff in the future.” An example the Delany students explored included a scenario where a person could specify what ingredients they wanted in their foods, allowing people to navigate around allergy causing ingredients.

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The 360 Data arena certainly captured Delany College students attention


Students also spent time with guest speaker, Dr Mark Liu who guided them on the connection between fashion and mathematics. Dr Liu is the creator of Zero-Waste Fashion Design which uses every piece of fabric in their designs to eliminate textile waste.

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Dr Liu the creator of Zero-Waste Fashion Design which uses every piece of fabric in their designs to eliminate textile waste.


“We were shown two precise cuts of fashion called darts and gussets which would create spherical and hyperbolic contours, allowing for fabric to ‘bend’ and create curves without cutting the fabric in that shape,” said Brandon. “We were even given materials to create our own dress. “It was a really cool experience to see how Maths can really be in every aspect of life,” he said.

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Students also spent time with guest speaker, Dr Mark Liu who guided them on the connection between fashion and mathematics


And who says we don’t use Maths after school?!