About this day
For A-level and IB students
Give your KS5 students the opportunity to meet our crack team of mathematicians, engineers, statisticians, architects, code-breakers, data scientists and more for the ultimate educational experience. Maths in Action features five lively and enriching sessions exploring a variety of topics carefully designed to extend students’ knowledge. A session on examination success will equip students with the tools to succeed.
Programme & speakers
Mathematical Stories Katie Steckles, Mathematician and Communicator
It’s easy to forget that the mathematical ideas and techniques we study were developed by real people. Katie Steckles tells some stories about mathematicians, and how they’re connected through mathematics.
About Dr Katie Steckles
Katie is a mathematician based in Manchester, who talks about mathematics at universities, schools events, festivals, on BBC radio and TV, in books and on the internet.
Fighting Disease with Mathematics Sara Jabbari, University of Birmingham
Sara will describe the way mathematics can be used to understand antibiotic resistance, track the dynamics of bacterial infections and even develop new drugs to tackle disease.
About Dr Sara Jabbari
Sara is a mathematician specialising in using mathematical modelling to understand how bacteria behave. She works with microbiologists to use these models in developing new treatments for bacterial infections.
Over-analysing Video Games Matthew Scroggs, University College London
Matt will apply some mathematical thinking to Pac-Man and other video games. We will work out the shortest possible route to complete a Pac-Man level, and discover the 2-, 3- and 4-dimensional shapes that video game characters live on.
About Matthew Scroggs
When not working Matthew writes puzzles and articles for Chalkdust Magazine, including the infamous crossnumber, and reads Martin Gardner books.
How to get rich quick Sophie Maclean, Mathematician and Communicator
Being able to determine the future is a great way to get money. From fairground games to the stock market, knowing what will happen is a great advantage. But even if we don’t know for certain, statistics and probability can help us make valuable predictions. In this session, Sophie gives an introduction to the world of finance and shares some of the Maths she used working as a trader.
About Sophie Maclean
Sophie is a Maths Communicator and a member of the team behind Chalkdust Magazine. She has previously worked as a Quantitative Trader, a Software Engineer, and a Maths tutor.
Staring into Space Nicole Cozens, Maths Educator
How big is the Earth? How far away is the furthest space craft? How many aliens are there? We will look at questions that people have asked about Space, and mathematical solutions (not all right!) that people have created.
About Nicole Cozens
Nicole has been teaching Maths for over 15 years, and now works for the Advanced Maths Support Programme, inspiring students to see the potential that Maths has to offer. Nicole has also worked for the National Space Academy, running events exploring how Maths is used in Space Science.