feature shining a light on maths

Teachers participating in the Scitech Lighthouse Maths ProgramTeachers participating in the Scitech Lighthouse Maths Program

In 2021, Scitech and Chevron Australia celebrate 15 years of collaborating to empower educators and inspire students to enjoy and engage with STEM and the exciting career paths it can lead to in the energy industry.

The recently launched Lighthouse Maths program, delivered by Scitech with support from Chevron, is equipping teachers with proven international best-practice techniques to boost maths outcomes in Western Australian schools.

Mathematics is a key foundation of many future jobs however global research shows 45% of Australian 15-year-olds are not proficient in the subject[1].

Lighthouse Maths is an intensive, year-long professional development program designed to shift teachers’ confidence, attitudes and beliefs about maths teaching practise, in turn facilitating a deeper understanding of maths for students.

Scitech Chief Executive Officer Kalien Selby said the program was expected to positively influence more than 800 students in its first year.

"By changing the behaviour and approach of our teachers, Lighthouse Maths will equip students with the STEM skills and knowledge they will need to meaning fully participate and thrive in the future of work and innovation."

Kalien Selby

Scitech Chief Executive Officer

With a background in geology, Chevron Australia General Manager Asset Development Paul Clark said maths was integral to his career in the energy industry.

“Chevron Australia is proud to support Scitech in powering the next generation of problem solvers through STEM education programs such as Lighthouse Maths.”

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[1] Reporting Australia’s Results Australian Council for Educational Research, 2015