Murdoch to transform mathematics education in Great Southern, Wheatbelt and Peel regions October 17, 2016 The Murdoch Pathways to STEM program will commence in 2017 Murdoch University has won a grant worth $166,433 to support mathematics education in WA regional and remote high schools. The funding will be used to deliver the Murdoch Pathways to STEM program, which will provide mathematics support and mentoring to students in selected schools throughout the Great Southern, Wheatbelt and Peel regions. This builds on the MAP4U aspirations program run by Murdoch University, which currently operates in Rockingham, Mandurah and Kwinana. The Murdoch Pathways to STEM program will enhance opportunities for these regional students to go to university to undertake science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) courses. The program will be open to students from selected schools in these regions enrolled in Australian Tertiary Admission Ranking (ATAR) Mathematics Specialist and Mathematics Methods. Students selected for Murdoch’s Pathways to STEM program will participate in online and blended learning tutorial sessions after school twice a week, have individual access to Murdoch tutors to address specialised questions, and participate in intensive on campus ATAR exam preparation sessions. “We need many more year 11 and 12 students in WA schools, especially in outer metropolitan schools, doing maths and science to prepare for future careers in our hi-tech, digital world,” said Murdoch University Provost Professor Andrew Taggart. “This program will provide an essential platform to boost the number of students choosing and succeeding in mathematics in their Year 12 studies, particularly from regional and remote areas, and low socio-economic status backgrounds.” Professor Taggart said the program provided far more than mathematics tutoring to participants. “The program will encourage the development of students’ thinking and analytical skills, and provide a pathway into university that does not require bridging courses in STEM subjects,” he added. Murdoch University will connect the students enrolled in the program with current university undergraduates who can provide mathematics tutoring and mentoring for a future STEM-related career. These mentors will be on hand to support the high school students as they unravel the mysteries of university life, the alternative pathways into university and career pathways. Funding for the Murdoch Pathways to STEM program has come from the Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program. The Murdoch Pathways to STEM program will commence in 2017. Print This Post Media contact: Jo Manning Tel: (08) 9360 2474 | Mobile: 0408 201 309 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Categories: General, Teaching and Learning, Future Students Tags: alternative university pathway, andrew taggart, atar, map4u, mathematics education, mathematics tutoring, regional student support, stem, stem education Leave a comment Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website You can use these tags : <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> We read every comment and will make every effort to approve each new comment within one working day. To ensure speedy posting, please keep your comments relevant to the topic of discussion, free of inappropriate language and in-line with the editorial integrity of this newsroom. If not, your comments may not be published. Thanks for commenting!