Jillian Kenny, Felicity Furey and Claire Bennett came up with an idea to make maths more relevant to students today.

The three engineers developed an app-based resource that makes maths more applicable.

"Our product tackles that age-old question, 'Why do I need to learn this?'," said Jillian Kenny, QUT civil engineering PhD candidate and co-founder of Machinam.

"It does this by framing maths problems in a way that allows students to connect what they're learning in the classroom to their own life and future careers.

"The app brings together problem-based learning, real-life context and digital technology to provide an alternative to traditional maths textbooks - one that's engaging and mapped to the Australian Curriculum.

"For example, say you love fashion. You might watch a video of Heidi and Sarah-Jane from Sass & Bide talking about how they use algebra and geometry in the work they do. Then, based on what you've learned in that video, you can design you very own digital fashion line.

"So, you're working on something that's of interest to you, while at the same time learning the maths concepts you need."

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