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Jim Lowe with Innisfail State College award winners (photo credit: Maria Girgenti)
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Congratulations to the 2017 CSIRO Indigenous STEM award winners!

In March we were delighted to hear that several participants in the PRIME Futures Program had won 2017 Indigenous STEM awards. Jim Lowe, YDC Senior Research Associate, recently attended ceremonies in Townsville and Innisfail where the award winners were presented with their medals and certificates. Camila Zuniga-Greve won a teacher award…

YDC staff, PRIME Futures participants and community members gather around fire pit
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Engaging with community in South Australia

Participants in the Adelaide PRIME Futures cluster recently enjoyed a special cultural session as part of the fourth round of YuMi Deadly Maths PD workshops. Young Indigenous students from remote communities in South Australia, the Northern Territory and Western Australia come to Wiltja Boarding residential college in Adelaide for their…

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New YDC website, blog and more!

We are pleased to announce that the YuMi Deadly Centre website has been revamped and updated. The new website includes this YDC blog where you will find regular news updates. All the free resources from the old website, including the YuMi Deadly Maths Teacher Resources (lesson plans) are available for you to download from the Resources

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Teaching mathematics to students with disability

Professor Tom Cooper delighted attendees at Down Syndrome Queensland’s annual Endless Possibilities conference in March with his workshop on teaching mathematics to students with disability. “Really learned about kinaesthetic mathematics which was great – he has a great sense of humour” “Just as motivating as he was 20 years ago when he…

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2017 Highlights

In 2017 the YuMi Deadly Centre partnered with 85 schools in projects to provide YuMi Deadly Maths training to more than 300 teachers. We delivered 68 days of teacher professional development and 86 days of school visits in Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia. Phew! Highlights and key research findings from 2017…

Teachers discuss the criteria they used to sort items into categories during one of the Sharing Summit presentations
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YDC Sharing Summit reflections and feedback

At the end of October, 50 educators travelled from as far afield as Port Lincoln, South Australia, to join the YDC team for the seventh annual YDC Sharing Summit at QUT Kelvin Grove in sunny Brisbane (or ‘Paradise’ as one participant wrote on the feedback form). Attendees enjoyed a wonderful variety of presentations (choosing from 16 in…

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YDC Sharing Summit 2016: Highlights

The sixth annual YDC Sharing Summit, ‘Connect, Reflect, Recharge!’, was held on 24-25 October at QUT Kelvin Grove campus. This year’s program featured a keynote presentation from Dr Chris Matthews, Chair of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait lslander Mathematics Alliance, who told the story of the Goompi Model (also known as the RAMR…

Dr Chris Matthews
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Maths, story and dance: an Indigenous approach to teaching

A new method using culture-based storytelling to teach maths to Aboriginal children is reaping results. Aboriginal school children on average lag two years behind their non-Indigenous peers when it comes to maths, but according to one expert we can bridge the gap by paying better attention to culture. “Maths and science are very much…

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YDC staff team wins Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence

The YuMi Deadly Centre academic and professional staff team has won a 2016 Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in recognition of sustained performance and outstanding achievement in learning and teaching, partnerships and engagement, and research. This is the second Vice-Chancellor’s Award won by the YDC team, with the first in…

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YuMi Deadly Maths a hit in Hughenden

A small school in outback Queensland is having great success using a unique teaching program to help students learn maths and numeracy. YuMi Deadly Maths is a professional development program for teachers to help them teach maths in a more interactive and engaging way. It was developed by researchers at the Queensland University of…

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YDC Sharing Summit 2015: Highlights

The fifth annual YDC Sharing Summit, ‘Diversity within YuMi Deadly Maths’, explored how YuMi Deadly Maths develops numeracy and mathematics understanding while catering for diversity and was held on 26–27 October at the Kelvin Grove campus. This year’s program featured three informative keynotes: Beth Tailby from DET South East Region…

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PRIME Futures Program

The YuMi Deadly Centre has been selected to deliver the mathematics element of a new project to direct Indigenous students toward a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) career. The centre’s YuMi Deadly Maths program forms a key part of an Indigenous STEM education project which is managed by CSIRO in partnership with…