​St Luke’s Math Extension Class pulls in the Big Guns for Study on Speed

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The bright minds of St Luke’s year 4 and 5 Math Extension class explored the speed equals distance over time formulae in the most exciting way possible: with Adopt-a-Cop Scheme Police Officers, their radar gun, and an assortment of foam-dart-launching Nerf Guns.

Sergeant Meg Owens clocked speeds of up to 60 kilometers per hour from Nerf darts fired at range, while Senior Constable Matt Findlow assisted students with their aim.

Observing the speed equals distance over time formulae in action was the exercise, just one example of how St Luke’s is changing the way young people think about math and science and exposing them to the existence of niche careers now available in today’s society.

“The Math Extension program is not designed to be about writing or examinations,” Math Extension and senior math and science teacher Mr Crook said. “Instead, students are encouraged through various mathematical activities to explore, discover, and to think outside of the rhombus.”

This year, St Luke’s year 4 and 5 Math Extension class have explored how stretchy is a jelly snake, how does corrugation and similar shapes affect the strength of a bridge, and researched the challenges of women’s marathon records through graph and math.