About this day
Welcome to our Maths in Action day!
We are excited to provide your students with an opportunity to deepen their understanding of mathematical concepts and explore new mathematics areas. During this enrichment day pupils will have the chance to participate in a variety of interactive sessions and activities that will challenge and inspire them. Our experienced speakers will guide your students through a range of topics, from advanced calculus to mathematical modelling, and will provide students with opportunities to collaborate with their peers to solve problems and explore new ideas.
In addition to the interactive workshops, we will hold an exam masterclass session tailored explicitly for A-Level Maths students. This session will provide students with strategies and tips for approaching and solving problems commonly found on A-Level Maths exams.
We are confident your students will enjoy the day and leave with a renewed appreciation for the beauty and power of mathematics!
Programme & speakers
Nim, Officers, and Other Games Colin Wright, Mathematician and Juggler
People are familiar with all sorts of games, but as we start to look at them with an analytical eye we sometimes find connections and similarities. In this workshop we play a few games, look for connections, and finish with a result that’s genuinely almost too good to be true.
About Dr Colin Wright
Colin received his maths doctorate in 1990 from Cambridge University. While at Cambridge he also learned how to fire-breathe, unicycle, juggle and ballroom dance.
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.
Million-Dollar Maths Equations Tom Crawford, University of Oxford
Seven equations each worth a cool $1-million… The Millennium Problems are some of the most difficult in all of mathematics, and since being announced in the year 2000 only one has been solved. In this talk, Dr Tom Crawford will introduce the problems you vote for and tell you what you need to do to get your hands on the money!
About Dr Tom Crawford
Dr. Tom Crawford, a mathematician at the University of Oxford, shares his love for math through tomrocksmaths.com, performing as the ‘Naked Mathematician,’ showcasing favorite equations on Numberphile, and sporting math tattoos (14 and counting).