LifeJourney and the Day of STEM are pleased to announce the 2018 winners of the South Sydney STEM Cup competition. The student Capologists leveraged maths skills and problem solving to determine player salaries for the 2018 Rabbitohs squad while staying under the NRL salary cap. The South Sydney STEM Cup aims to inspire students to “think outside the box” and explore STEM career opportunities in non-traditional STEM fields, including professional sports, through the journeys of professional mentors working in the field.
The program is based on the STEM career of Peter Legg who is the team Capologist and manages player salaries, contract negotiations and financial matters of the club. Winning student Capologists picked player salaries of the Rabbitohs squad closest to Peter Legg’s real figures and managed total spend underneath the NRL salary cap.
Schools participating with the highest average group score relative to the real salary figures are also recognised as part of the competition. The 2018 South Sydney STEM Cup School Champion is Blakehurst High School in NSW lead by mathematics teacher, Alison Peachey. The top student capologists and champion school will be treated to a special match-day experience at ANZ stadium during the Rabbitohs Round 13 match versus Cronulla Sharks.
The South Sydney STEM Cup and Day of STEM programs are available free for students, teachers, parents and schools in Australia through the generous sponsorship of leading Australian companies, universities and sports clubs. The program is supported by the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers (AAMT) and includes teacher resources designed to help facilitate the program in the classroom.
The South Sydney STEM Cup program is available following the completion of this year’s competition, however the opportunity to win prizes including the match-day experience are subject to certain competition time frames.