Sun | May 26, 2019

Making math count

Published:Tuesday | April 2, 2019 | 12:07 AM
Amado Danni, stevedore at the Shipping Association of Jamaica, engages students of Portsmouth Primary School.
Newton Brown, stevedore at the Shipping Association of Jamaica, engages students of Albion Mountain Primary School at the mathematics exposition.
Students of the Negril All Age School attempt a Math problem at the Shipping Association of Jamaica’s booth at the Mathematics Exposition.
Tyrone Solomon (left) and Deijean Salkie from Penwood High School show off the Seaboard-branded drawstring bags they won for answering their questions correctly.
From left: Shadelle Piper, Tashana Peterkin and Devinae Turner from Meadow-brook High School show off the Seaboard-branded notebooks they won for answering their questions correctly.
Demar Wilson from Robins Bay Primary shows off his drawstring bag, courtesy of Lannaman and Morris Shipping Limited, that he won at the Shipping Association of Jamaica’s booth.
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The Shipping Association of Jamaica (SAJ) was delighted to join companies, institutions and agencies from across Jamaica in the sixth National Mathematics Expo, held at The University of the West Indies, Mona, on March 29, 2019. The expo was the culmination of a week of activities which took place across the island during the annual National Mathematics Week celebration.

Each year the expo aims is to create an environment where teachers and students can interact with the subject in a way that is interesting, engaging, and that will help them appreciate and see its relevance and many applications in everyday life. This year, more than 8,000 students, teachers and education practitioners from the pre-primary to tertiary level enjoyed the day of math mind stimulation and fun.

In the shipping industry, activities such as ship construction, space management on board vessels, the timing of logistical operations at sea and in port, and the various processes of navigation are all dependent on the use of mathematical principles and models. SAJ staff members provided students with age-appropriate mathematical questions related to shipping, and correct answers were rewarded with useful promotional materials sponsored by member companies.