La Trobe University's Bendigo campus has a small contingent of mathematicians teaching students from Science, Education, Engineering and IT. Most of our students are from the Bendigo region, and we are keenly aware of the historical decline in numbers of local high school students taking advanced maths subjects in the VCE. For this reason, we have started an extracurricular problem solving program for motivated students. As well as stimulating interest in maths, our aim is to let students experience the same excitement of discovery that we do in our research. Problem solving as an exploratory learning activity seems a much better model of "doing research" than traditional content plus assessment based pedagogy. In this session we will discuss our experiences running the program and give a hands on demonstration of how we guide students as they tackle the problems. Bring your pencils and paper!
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