Tintinara Area School to take part in maths program

MATHS: Experienced mathematics teachers Bill Jerram and Keith Hamman will team up with Tintinara Area School to give advance Maths presentations.
MATHS: Experienced mathematics teachers Bill Jerram and Keith Hamman will team up with Tintinara Area School to give advance Maths presentations.

Experienced mathematics teachers Bill Jerram and Keith Hamman will conduct a maths/STEM program at Tintinara Area School from July 3-5.

The Mathematical Association of South Australia (MASA) and Tintinara Area School principal Mike Sadleir agreed on the partnership, which will enhance the teaching of mathematics for both students and teachers.

The ongoing project has garnered the support of Minister of Education John Gardner, and hopes to offer exciting opportunities for rural students.

"The project aims to provide advance mathematics to students in rural areas, along with assisting primary and secondary teachers," a MASA spokesperson said.

"The project also aims to improve the 'Open Access' program, which offers advance mathematics to Year 11-12 students.

"Advance mathematics opportunities are small for rural children, due to a shortage of qualified and experienced maths teachers."

Mr Jerram and Mr Hamman are both retired teachers, but they both remain highly active and are committed to providing mathematical education to students who don't have the opportunity.

Mr Hamman was awarded an OAM in the Queen's Birthday Honours and is widely regarded as one of the finest mathematics teachers in South Australia.

He will be responsible in teaching differential calculus to Year 10-11 students who have knowledge in algebra, 2D coordinate geometry and quadratics. He will also work with the school's secondary teachers.

Mr Jerram is well known across the Fleurieu Peninsula and is a decorated teacher with many years of experience.

He will conduct a presentation called "Tyranny of Space", which will introduce students to the science of projectiles, rockets and satellites, and gravity.

Mr Hamman said there are already a number of students from Tintinara Area School who have the potential to progress further in mathematics.

"There are two students I know of at Tintinara Area School who are incredibly intelligent students who have a great future in mathematics if they choose to go down that path," he said.

"Most importantly, the program gives opportunities to students who didn't have the chance to undertake advance mathematics. We hope the program can inspire some students."