by Debra Mayrhofer & Ken Miller

  • Venue

    We perform at your school (in a sheltered area)

  • Performance Duration

    45 Minutes and question time

  • Cost

    $5.00 per head, $500.00 for audiences under 100 (plus GST from school).

  • Max. Audience

    200 students (parents and teachers free)

  • Age Range

    Suitable for Grade 4 to Year 9.

  • Performance in...

    MELBOURNE

    PERTH

  • Support Materials

    Teachers’ notes reinforcing examples and concepts, as well as providing follow up activities will be provided.

A new play brought to students in Perth and Melbourne in late 2015.

Maths – what is it good for? A great many things, actually! MATHS – IT ALL ADDS UP is an engaging educational play exploring the practical and philosophical importance of maths in our lives.

Two students, Rose and Matt, form an unlikely duo as they help each other find solutions to some of the challenges they face. At first, Matt can’t see the point in school, especially stodgy maths, because he just wants to make music. Rose, on the other hand, scoffs at popular culture and anything she thinks is ‘trending’ (and, by the way, she hates the misuse of this perfectly reasonable stats term). None of this makes it easy for Rose to fit into her new school. At least she has the logic of maths to give her a sense of order and security.

When they are thrown together, Rose helps Matt understand the relevance of maths, while learning a thing or two about herself as well. At first scornful of people who don’t “get” maths and the critical role it plays in our lives (especially in the digital age), Rose comes to realise that she can make a whole lot of new friends by helping them solve everyday problems using the beautiful logic of numbers.

Concepts and ideas covered in the play include:

  • Real world application of curriculum relevant maths concepts;
  • Empowering yourself by understanding maths;
  • The digital age – it all depends on ones and zeroes;
  • Principles of risk and reward;
  • Use and abuse of statistics;
  • The importance of maths for careers; and
  • Fun with maths tricks.