Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month

Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month was born from the need to increase public understanding of and appreciation for Mathematics and Statistics. Problem-solving skills is one of the most important skills which every individual should possess to be successful in life. Such skills help individuals in decision making, let it be professional or personal.

How can we increase awareness of Mathematics and Statistics?

  • Highlighting the importance of Mathematics and/or Statistics 
  • Educating and equipping knowledge of Mathematics and/or Statistics to learners
  • Highlighting and celebrating Mathematics and Statistics careers and impact in other careers

Womandla supports Mathematics and Statistics Awareness

  • Conversations with Mathematics and Statistics Professionals to create awareness on careers and importance of Mathematics and Statistics
  • This Maths and Statistics Awareness month our Head of STEAM has been tutoring Mathematics to our learners in Langa. 
  • Today we are hosting the Career Expo at Isilimela High School in Langa and the programme has a speaker lined up to speak on the importance of Mathematics.
Head of STEAM, Rumbi tutoring Maths at Langa

We need to address the stigma around Mathematics being deemed as a subject that is not useful in our every day lives but just something we need to barely understand to make it in life. The following are ways in which we can also relay the importance of Mathematics and Statistics to our family and friends:

Mathematics is a universal language. 

Once you know the formula then you can solve any problem. I like the consistency and reliability. The principles and foundations of Math are the same everywhere in the world. 10 plus 10 will always equal 20 and a triangle is always be a three sided shape. We may have adopted different symbols and units of measurement, but when translated, they all mean the same things.

Mathematics and Statistics is essential in multiple careers

Most careers require Maths. We have a lot of learners ask us why Math is important in careers such as computer programming to which we highlight how mathematics helps in teaching problem solving and different ways of thinking.  Mathematics provides an effective way of building mental discipline and encourages logical reasoning and mental rigor.

In this digital age computers have become increasingly important and common in today’s world. Computer science drives the innovations emerging in every area of society. To understand computer science, you have to understand a few kinds of math, including binary math, calculus, statistics, and more. Thinking “mathematically” or analytically helps you grow your skills in areas like coding, database-building, software development, and more

Various kinds of math go into architecture, including geometry and algebra. To become an architect, students need to take classes like calculus, trigonometry, probability, statistics, and more. These skills are used to analyse and calculate design and possible problems that might arise. Contractors and construction workers must also use math skills to accurately measure and build what the architect designed. Architecture doesn’t typically use extremely complicated math, but knowing the basics and thinking analytically are important.

Statistics play a big role in the medical field. Before any drugs prescribed, scientist must show a statistically valid rate of effectiveness. Statistics are behind all the study of medical.

Mathematics is applied in various fields and disciplines, i.e., mathematical concepts and procedures are used to solve problems in science, engineering, economics. (For example, the understanding of complex numbers is a prerequisite to learn many concepts in electronics.) The complexity of those problems often requires relatively sophisticated mathematical concepts and procedures when compared to the mathematical literacy aforementioned.

Maths is also an essential concept of fashion designing. From taking measurements, estimating the quantity and quality of material to make clothing and estimating the cost and profit for making the clothes all include mathematics.

Mathematics and Statistics are used in every day life

Without the basics of addition and subtraction money matters are an issue. It is therefore important that the basic understanding of Math is made a pre requisite for all people. Math and money are closely linked. Without math skills, it would be challenging to balance a budget. Spending too much money or spending money you don’t even have are consequences of poor math skills. 

If you have cooked at least once in your life you may have encountered the importance of Maths after miscalculation of quantities. Quantities are measured or estimated based on a universal understanding of quantity. 

Have you wondered how weather forecasting is done? There are some computers models build on statistical concepts which compare prior weather with the current weather and predict future weather.

Just this month we had a census happening in the Western Cape and other parts of South Africa. The census entails calculating, acquiring and recording information about the members of a given population. The census uses mathematical and statistical concepts. The census is important because it informs decision-making at all levels both in government and the private sector.

Mathematics is a backbone for other subjects

You might be surprised to know that Mathematics forms the backbone for every subject. The subjects like physics, chemistry, economics, history, accountancy, statistics, in fact, every subject is based upon maths.  In addition, mathematical knowledge plays a crucial role in understanding the contents of other school subjects such as science, social studies, and even music and art.

SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING & MATHS AWARDS

The Womandla – Women in STEM Awards shines a light on the achievements of women in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics industries and recognises excellence among those who strive to make a positive difference in the community.

Nominations can be sent for entrepreneurs or professionals of any related organisation, from all industries and from the private and public sectors.

Nedbank Women in stem awards

AWARDS DETAILS:

Date: 17 August 2019

Venue: The Vineyard Hotel, Cape Town

Time: 09h00am-12h00pm

TICKETS ARE ON SALE FOR R200.

Banking Details:

Womandla Foundation NPC. FNB Business Acc 62811072876

Reference: YOUR NAME, STEM

Australia’s Global University addresses female representation in Engineering

Meet Angela Begg, an Australian student, from the University of the New South Wales’ (UNSW) Faculty of Engineering. UNSW is both the largest and top-ranked Engineering Faculty in Australia. She speaks of the obvious under-representation of women in engineering and the university’s aims of bridging the gap.

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Women In Engineering inspires girls to pursue engineering degrees and careers,  they support women studying engineering and celebrates the success of female engineering graduates.

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UNSW’s extensive support for female engineering students is shown in the programs offered to school pupils, current students, industry support, and scholarships and awards available for the alumni.

Girl’s are sought after for grad jobs because of this and often receive a higher salary than others from their first year out.

Despite being above the national average in terms of female enrolment, UNSW Engineering’s  goal is to increase female enrolments to 30% by 2020.

Angela addresses misconceptions about engineering

Historically, there has always been an issue with the way engineering has been marketed  – typically as “a man’s job”.

Angela suggests that school-level outreaches need to target young girls and expose them to a world of science and innovation. “Don’t just encourage girls, encourage girls and boys equally and open these spaces and conversations in mixed gender societies,” she says.

The nature of engineering in itself is ambiguous. Engineering is a team sport,  you don’t need to have large technical know-how going into university because you are taught everything. Although a prerequisite, engineering is not just about maths and physics. Students gain skills in project management,  design and creative too.

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Begg is the Secretary of the UNSW Renewable Energy Society and a second-year Photovoltaics and Solar Energy Engineering Student.

Keep representing Angela!

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