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15th Apr 2019

The 30th Mathematical Thinking residential course

AIMSSEC held her 30th Mathematical Thinking (MT) course from 17 – 26 March 2019 at Cape Academy for Mathematics, Science and Technology, in Constantia, Cape Town. Seventy-six teachers from four provinces (forty-six from the Eastern Cape, twenty from Limpopo, six from KZN, four from the Western Cape) attended the ten-day residential part of the course. Over the last sixteen years, more than 2000 teachers have attended the AIMSSEC MT courses.

AIMSSEC is grateful for the three volunteer presenters from the UK: Dr Julia Anghileri, Toni Beardon and Mr Chris Clarke who facilitated on the course. The three local South African presenters were Ingrid Mostert, Sagree Pillay and Stephen Busvi. The AIMSSEC lecturers were Dr Barrie Barnard,  Elizabeth Turok and Tejumade Ogundipe. Three AIMSSEC alumni Thlema van Vught, Jonathan Fisher and Andiswa Mpuhlu assisted as classroom teaching assistants while two AIMS South African alumni Buri Gershom and Mxolisi Bhengu were teaching assistants in the computer laboratories. The two administrative staff were Virgenia Davidson and Najwa Chellan.

During the course, the updated App (aimssec.app) was launched. Chris Clarke a previous AIMSSEC teaching assistant, who now owns his own app development business, has developed the app for all types of mobile devices. Smart phones enable teachers to benefit from technology as never before. AIMSSEC has produced high quality, teacher training materials, however, access to them has traditionally been limited to those enrolled on courses. Now through the creation of the AIMSSEC App they can be made much more widely available to anybody with a smartphone.

The final plenary on 26 March was attended by Prof Barry Green, Director of AIMS South Africa who gave the main address. Representatives from each phase group were highly appreciative of the course during their feedback sessions.