|Education||James Ruse Agricultural High School|
|Alma mater||University of Sydney|
|Employer||NSW Department of Education|
|Known for||Online mathematics lessons|
|Woo's Wonderful World of Maths|
|Television||Teenage Boss, Australian Story|
Eddie Woo (born 1985) is an Australian mathematician. Woo is best known for his YouTube channel, focused on explanations of perennial mathematical problems. In 2018, Woo was awarded Australia’s Local Hero.
Woo's parents migrated to Australia from Malaysia around 1970 for better education opportunities for their children. He studied at the James Ruse Agricultural High School, NSW and completed his Higher School Certificate in 2003. He has an older brother, who works in IT, and an older sister, who is a dentist.
Woo is a mathematics teacher at Cherrybrook Technology High School, Sydney. His substantive position is as Head Teacher Mathematics at this school. As of 2018, he has been teaching mathematics for more than 10 years. His YouTube channel has over 450,000 subscribers and more than 25 million views worldwide as of December 2018[update]. In 2018, Woo hosted a show called Teenage Boss on the ABC, which gives teens control of their family's financial decisions for a month.
Woo's book entitled Woo's Wonderful World of Maths was published on 25 September 2018. It addresses questions like "Why are rainbows curved?" and "Why aren't left-handers extinct?", with the answer being: maths, and that maths is all about patterns and the universe is extraordinarily patterned.
In October 2015, Woo was a joint recipient of the NSW Premier's Prize for Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education.
He was one of ten teachers to win the inaugural Choose Maths Awards on 26 August 2016.
In March 2017, he was one of 12 Australian teachers to win a Commonwealth Bank Teaching Award, a prestigious national awards event co-presented each year by the Commonwealth Bank and education charity Schools Plus.
In November 2017, he was named 2018 NSW Local Hero.
Woo identifies as a Christian, stating, "We talk about the fact that the universe is designed in this way and you can find all of these patterns; do you think that that's a coincidence? One of the things I love to point out is we call the universe the cosmos which means ordered and structured and designed, as opposed to chaos, and the reason why we can find these mathematical principles is because there was a designer. We didn't just spring into being. It has immense beauty."
Woo also plays the guitar.
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