The numbers add up for a sustainable career in Surveying

More than 70 NSW secondary students with an eye for numbers will step out of the classroom to explore the magic of mathematics in the real world during a special activity day at Bicentennial Park, Homebush Bay on Friday.
The Year 10 students are swapping tutorials for hands-on experience as they explore the practical applications of mathematics and how the theory is applied in real-life situations.
Hosted collaboratively by a team of surveyors and maths teachers, the Maths in Surveying Day is designed to encourage students to continue their studies through the HSC and showcase the wealth of career opportunities within fields supported by STEM-based learning and highlight the great opportunity for each student to secure guaranteed employment straight out of University.
Throughout the day the students will get hands-on with the latest technology to perform surveying measurements. Activities include Surveying measurement and mapping using GPS, Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR), CAD modelling, Trigonometrical Heighting, Mini Olympics, Daylight Star and Planet viewing, using the Sun for navigation and design and calculating the circumference of the Earth using Eratosthenes method.
Event organiser and registered surveyor Ian Iredale said the Maths in Surveying Day was a great opportunity to showcase the versatility of maths applications while allowing students to have fun with the technology.
“Mathematics is so much more than just numbers on a page when it comes to the real world and by engaging students in a diverse array of activities we find their long-term interest in the subject improves,” he said.
“In NSW there is a major skills shortage in surveying and it is only going to get worse unless we encourage the next generation to embrace STEM-based learning. If we are educating our children for the careers of the future, this is where we should be concentrating more of our efforts. ”
Working with the students during the Maths in Surveying Day will be 55 volunteers including surveyors, maths teachers and student teachers. Media is welcome to attend the day and discover the fun of learning mathematics.

The NSW Surveying Task Force was formed in 2014 as a result of the collaboration of key NSW Surveying industry bodies.  With a forecasted shortfall of Surveyors in future years, it was formed to specifically combat this problem. ACS NSW, as one of the founding members of the Taskforce, dedicates time and money to assist with these activities and projects.
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