Gerard Atkinson, mathematician, scientist, artist, professional opera singer and actor, and LTC graduate of 2000, generously donated his time to discuss all things STEM with current LTC students. Gerard started by giving the students a maths problem to solve: how many golf balls can you fit into a Volkswagen Beetle? He called it ‘the most useless maths problem in the world’. The answer to the question is irrelevant, it’s the ‘real world’ process of creative thinking and the problem-solving approach that really matters.
This became the theme of his presentation: maths is more than just numbers and answers, it’s about questioning, creative thinking, and discovering stories within the numbers. Data analysis and evaluation combine mathematics with psychology, anthropology, law and other disciplines to understand what data says about human behaviour and why.
The students were enthralled. During Q&A they had some really good questions. But nothing speaks the success of the presentation more than a story from one science teacher at the school; upon returning to class, a number of students started asking more questions about studying science at university. Perhaps this presentation just changed the course of their lives…
And here we are – the 2018 iteration of Lake Tuggeranong College.
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Image: Phil Styles
Libraries save you time! Time is precious, especially when you’re juggling lots of assignments. Students who make use of the LTC Library staff, resources and space can see the positive results.
Check out our new, uber-wonderful library website and look at our library orientation video.
We’re looking forward to working with you soon.
Your friendly LTC Library team – Holly, Lori, Marion, Kate and Glenys
A few teaser images from Thursday 14 December’s Year 12 Graduation and Formal events at the National Convention Centre. Best wishes and good luck to all of our graduates and a final ‘Bon Voyage’.
All images taken at these events by Phil Styles can be viewed and/or downloaded via the LTC Flickr page.
Congratulations to Heather Wardrop for 42 years of service in ACT schools with 13 of those as Maths SLC (aka Head of Faculty) at LTC.
Past and present colleagues who have worked with Heather in the Maths faculty at LTC recently attended a lunch in her honour. Best wishes and Bon Voyage.
Teacher Jo Perry and Yr11 student Hannah Merry with “It’s in the bag” contributions.
Following on from the success of their Dance Fest piece and the interest and concern for the homeless in Canberra that it generated, LTC Dance students (Line 7) pledged to do something to help. We chose to support the charity, Share the Dignity, an organisation that focuses on providing women and girls with the personal products they need that they might otherwise be forced to go without. In November they run a collection drive called “It’s In the Bag” which collects handbags filled with essential personal products.
A BIG thank you to the students and staff who contributed. Five handbags were delivered; filled with toothbrushes, toothpaste, soaps, shampoos, sanitary products, etc as well as a few extra little goodies. Such basic things can make such a meaningful difference to those in need.
For more info visit https://www.sharethedignity.com.au/
The LTC Technology Faculty hosted its inaugural end-of-year furniture exhibition on Tuesday 21 November. The exhibition displayed the work of graduating Year 12 students completing the Furniture course. The exhibition showcased an excellent standard of work with the broad LTC community amazed by the innovation and skill level displayed.
The opening evening of the exhibition was a special occasion to formally acknowledge the work of the students and the assistance and expert knowledge passed on from the teaching and support staff. Thank you to the families that made it to this event. Specific acknowledgment goes to David Moss for his efforts in organising the event. Many thanks to all Technology staff contributing to the event. Finally, special congratulations to the Graduating year 12’s on their great furniture pieces.