Memorising dry, remote formulas. Crunching of meaningless numbers. These unfortunate learning experiences explain why maths is commonly maligned as a subject – more endured than enjoyed.
But the good news is that first impressions don’t have to last.
Card tricks, conspiracy theories, teacups, killer butterflies, music, lightning and more all illuminate the world of maths that surrounds us. And Eddie Woo, one of the world's most inspirational mathematics teachers, will show us how.
Join us on Monday 3 December for this very special event, as the Australian Local Hero of the Year and proud University of Sydney graduate returns to campus to share his discoveries, answer your questions and reintroduce everyone to an immensely practical, genuinely surprising subject.
Eddie Woo will be in conversation with Secretary of the NSW Department of Education, Mark Scott AO.
This event was held on Monday 3 December, 2018 at the University of Sydney.
- Eddie Woo is the head mathematics teacher at Cherrybrook Technology High School in Sydney. He has been teaching maths for more than 10 years.
In 2012 Eddie started recording his lessons and uploading them to YouTube – creating 'Wootube'. Since then, he has amassed a following of more than 270,000 subscribers and his videos have been viewed more than 14 million times.
In 2018, Eddie was named Australia's Local Hero of the Year and he was shortlisted as one of the top 10 teachers in the world.
- Mark Scott AO is the Secretary of the NSW Department of Education and has a distinguished record in public service, education and the media. Mark holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Diploma of Education and a Master of Arts from the University of Sydney; and a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University.
From 2006 to 2016, Mark was Managing Director of the ABC and led the organisation’s transformation to be a public broadcaster in the digital era.
Mark was named an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2011. He has also been awarded honorary doctorates from the University of Sydney, University of NSW and University of Technology Sydney.