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About The Founder - Eugene Routman
Eugene's involvement in sport and education has always played a major role in his life as illustrated below:
Eugene's passion for establishing Mathmatters in Melbourne occurred when he taught a Year 7 math class and noticed students were disengaged with conventional learning, lacked confidence and motivation and as a consequence their results suffered. There were kids literally counting simple arithmetic equations with their fingers. This inspired Eugene to research the connection between theory and practice - learning by doing. What he discovered was that conventional learning is not for all children and that some kids learn better by doing. Sport was found to be a great vehicle for providing kids with the opportunity to apply theory learned through having fun and being active.
In line with the National Curriculum, we are a sports numeracy program where kids learn maths in a fun way through sport. Some of the activities include: bubble soccer, human foosball, quidditch, floorball, footy, soccer, cricket, basketball, dodgeball, chicken run and more.
Aims: to ensure our participants are confident users of mathematics where they are able to investigate, represent, and interpret mathematical concepts.
Recognising connections between the areas of mathematics and other disciplines such as sport will help children appreciate mathematics as an accessible and enjoyable discpline to study.
How It Works
Participants are taught a particular math skill that relates directly to the scoring system of the above mentioned activities.
The participants must apply learned math skills to calculate the team score on their own otherwise their score is unknown.