VOS-Rory Spence Lecture Theatre, School of Architecture and Design, Inveresk CampusSummary:
A free public lecture from Australia's most famous maths teacher, and the creator of Wootube.
- Eddie Woo, 2018 Local Hero, Australian of the Year Awards
Arguably Australia’s most famous mathematics teacher, Eddie Woo makes maths fun. The head mathematics teacher at Cherrybrook Technology High School, the largest secondary school in NSW, Eddie started posting videos online in 2012 for a student who was sick with cancer and missing a lot of school. Before long, he was sharing the videos across the country and beyond. Wootube now boasts more than 100,000 subscribers and has attracted more than eight million views worldwide. With infectious enthusiasm, the father-of-three's unique and caring approach to teaching de-stigmatises mathematics as an inaccessible and difficult subject.
Outside his high school classroom, Eddie is a volunteer facilitator with the University of Sydney's Widening Participation and Outreach program and has motivated more than 1,400 students from disadvantaged backgrounds. A brilliant student, Eddie could have chosen any field, but in defiance of social convention and his parents opted for teaching. Today, he is using his vocation to “pay it forward” and make education equitable for all.
Refreshments from 5.30pm.