Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Festival schedule?

 

1:30pm – Check-ins open

All participants need to have pre-booked for the event. Please bring a hard paper copy or electronic copy of your ticket.

 

1:59pm – Festival Opens

 

2:00pm to 4:00pm – Enjoy Problem Solving

Participants can choose and work on activity on any activity table and will be supported by an Activity Leader. Parents are encouraged to provide their child the freedom to discover and problem solve on their own working, with others or under the guidance of the Activity Leader.

 

2:20pm & 3:00pm Parent Workshops

Discover new ways to stimulate your children’s engagement in mathematics with some fun and simple ideas that are readily accessible at home. Educational specialists, Jennifer Bowden and Helen Haralambous from the Mathematical Association of Victoria  will be sharing plenty of resources and ideas on how to engage your children at home and demystify some common misconceptions parents may have. No maths degrees required!

 

4:00pm – Festival Close

Meet Pi will officially close the festival.

 

How does the Meet Pi Maths Festival work?

Unlike most math-based events, this is an inclusive and non-competitive event. During the festival, participants can move between the activities at their leisure and join any Activity Table that interests them. Participants are encouraged to spend 20-30 minutes or more at the activity and work collaboratively with others to make the most out of the experience.

 

The festival features up to 14 Activity Tables, each with a different problem-solving activity, either a puzzle, game or craft-based challenge. Each Activity Table has an Activity Leader to guide up to 10 Participants. The Activity Tables are for Participants only to ensure there is space and opportunity for children to explore, discover and work with their peers.

 

Who are the Activity Leaders?

The Activity Leaders are school teachers, senior high school students, university students or local volunteers with a passion for maths.

 

What students’ age groups are suitable?

The event is best suited to students, from Grade 3 to Year 9.

 

Will this be too hard for my child?

Our Activity Leaders are there to guide participants and make all activities accessible and fun. As this is a collaborative problem-solving opportunity, participants are also encouraged to work together and help each other.

 

My child is not really into math. Is this the right place for him / her?

The festival is designed to be suitable for kids of all abilities, not just those who identify as loving or being good at maths already.  The festival is for anyone in grade 3 to year 9 who comes with an open and curious mind.

 

How is this different from a math competition?

Our math activities are designed to engage and inspire children of all different abilities. There are no scores, no time-limits or prizes. It’s about perseverance and not about getting things right all the time. Participants may spend 30 minutes on a single activity and may not finish completely – and that’s ok!

 

Can I take copies of all the problems home with me?

No, with exceptions. Your student may take their working sheets of the paper-based problems. Please don’t go from table to table and collect pages or booklets. Please do not take any other table activity materials as these are owned by Meet Pi and will be used for future events.

 

Can a parent or guardian participate?

No, parents/guardians may not participate directly at the activity tables. It is important for participants  to have the space to experiment, make mistakes, work with their peers, and relax and have a good time. Also, there is limited seating, and we want to make sure there is enough space for the kids. We are also hosting Parent Workshops.

 

What are the Parent Workshops?

The Parent Workshop will provide lots of ideas on how to keep your child engaged and inspired to learn and apply mathematics at home. A great opportunity to have any questions you have answered by experts from the Mathematical Association of Victoria.

 

Can I drop my kids off and leave?

We are providing oversight for the festival activities and will have a range of volunteers to assist during the day, but we are not keeping track of each child individually. You are responsible for your child and are invited to stay at the venue. Each participant ticket gains free access for a parent or guardian.

 

Where can I park?

There is ample parking on site at the Eltham Community and Reception Centre and in nearby streets.

 

I’m running late, can I still enter the festival?

Yes you can.

 

I’d like to be a Table Activity Leader. How do I apply?

Please register your details here and we will be in touch.

 

I’d like to be a School Ambassador. How do I apply?

Please speak to your school and your parents/guardians to get approval then register your details here and we will be in touch.

 

I’d like to be a Volunteer. How do I apply?

Please register your details here and we will be in touch.

 

Any other questions?

Please contact us by email enquiries@meetpi.com.au