Exploring the M in STEM

Explore the M in STEM with towers

Join us in June for a special STEM event as we dive into thought-provoking mathematical tasks where pivotal engineering ideas will emerge. Find out about criteria and constraints and why they are important. And what a tower and a pier have to do with it. 

BONUS! By registering for this session, you will be sent a fully kitted Questacon STEM resource kit and unit of work on Bridges: To get to the Other Side (suitable for students in Years 1 to 10). The kit includes everything needed to investigate how shapes and forces influence design, how place affects engineering solutions and, ultimately, to build bridges like a civil engineer. The offer is available to Australian registrations only.

About the Presenter

Dr Brendon Barratt

Brendon is Educator Program Leader at Questacon, Australia’s National Science and Technology Centre. In his role, Brendon delivers professional development and develops inquiry-based STEM programs. He is a strong advocate for delivering experiential learning to support teachers, including challenging typical perspectives about STEM.

Brendon has a Doctorate of Chemistry and has taught science and mathematics in ACT and NSW high schools.

Join like-minded teachers, mathematicians and other maths lovers.

  • Do you enjoy doing and being challenged by maths?
  • Are you after strategies and recommended resources to help students become better problem solvers?
  • Do you want dedicated time to focus and reflect on your teaching practice?
  • Are you keen to build meaningful connections and join a like-minded community?

Then Maths Teacher Circles are for you! We look forward to seeing you soon.


Join us in June and at other sessions. In each practical and interactive session, we will dive into thought-provoking and accessible maths problems and discuss their implications for classroom practice.

Sessions feature an exciting range of presenters and opportunities to connect with others in a welcoming environment.

See below for information on registering for multiple sessions, the AITSL Professional Standards that are covered and frequently asked questions.

June Session

Theme: Exploring the M in STEM
Date: Thu 3 June 2021, 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM (Australian Eastern Standard Time, UTC+10 Syd/Mel)
Featuring: Dr Brendon Barratt, Educator Program Leader, Questacon.

July Session

Theme: Manipulatives and Problem Solving For All Ages
Date: Thu 22 July 2021, 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM (Australian Eastern Standard Time, UTC+10 Syd/Mel)

  • Jennifer Bowden (@jenbowden33), Mathematics Educational Consultant at the Mathematical Association of Victoria
  • Thanom Shaw, secondary maths teacher at SCEGGS Darlinghurst, Sydney and Girls' Maths Olympiad Team Leader.

Find out more about the July session.

October Session

Theme: Bringing the Maths Proficiencies To Life
Date: Thu 7 October 2021, 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM (Australian Eastern Daylight Time, UTC+11 Syd/Mel)
Find out more about the October session.

In a different timezone? Convert the session times here.

Keen to attend a session but can't make the time? By registering, you will get access to the session recording after the event plus all session resources so you won't miss out!

Registering For More Than 1 Session

To register for more than 1 session, select and register for one event first. Then, at Checkout, select ‘Buy More Tickets’ – this option will appear in your cart near the total price:


The registration cost for each event is AU$120.00.

What you will receive at a Maths Teacher Circle session:

  • 2.5 hours of high quality professional learning
  • Resources for each activity you do during the session and a copy of any slides
  • Dedicated time to explore and deepen your understanding of mathematical problem-solving
  • session recording, so you can go back through it again later
  • certificate recognising your professional learning hours and AITSL-aligned standards
  • Time to do and build an understanding of activities that you can use with your students of all backgrounds
  • Opportunity to meet and remain in contact with other educators 
  • Opportunities to discuss and ask questions about classroom practice and mathematical ideas
  • BONUS! All Australian registrations will receive a Questacon STEM resource kit and Bridges: To get to the Other Side unit of work.

 By coming back to multiple Maths Teacher Circle sessions, you will:

  • Hear from a range of presenters from different backgrounds, including teachers, mathematicians and learning specialists
  • Make connections between important mathematical ideas
  • Develop and refine your pedagogical practices for delivering problem solving activities and mathematical routines.
  • Implement new ideas in the classroom, reflect and then build on them at subsequent sessions
  • Become part of an ongoing learning community that focusses on understanding and teaching mathematics.

AITSL Professional Standards

AITSL Professional Standards for Teachers addressed in these sessions: 1.2, 1.5, 2.1, 2.5, 3.1, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 4.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 7.4.

Frequently Asked Questions

Want to find out more about virtual Maths Teacher Circles sessions, including what you can expect? Check out our frequently asked questions. 

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