About this day
Do your KS4 students wonder what mathematicians do?
At our interactive and inspirational day they will discover how classroom maths is used by people every day in fields from statistics, engineering and cyber security to research mathematics. Five renowned speakers from universities, industries and the media reveal mathematics at its very best and your students will have a whole lot of fun along the way!
Programme & speakers
Bits and Pieces: Secrets of a Digital World James Grime, Mathematician and communicator
How does a film studio know if you are sharing movies illegally? How are messages transmitted from space without mistakes? How can a scratched CD keep playing? James Grime take a look at the hidden maths behind the digital world, from WWII to WiFi.
About James Grime
Dr James Grime is a mathematician and public speaker. James runs The Enigma Project, travelling the world giving public talks on the history and mathematics of code breaking. He is also a presenter on the Numberphile YouTube channel.
Lies, damned lies, and newspapers Emily Grossman, Broadcaster
Can we believe everything we read in the papers? In this highly interactive and amusing talk, Dr Emily Grossman takes a light-hearted look at these issues, illustrated with examples from her own experience as a TV science broadcaster.
About Emily Grossman
Emily is a bestselling science author, internationally acclaimed public speaker and TV personality. She is best known for explaining science stuff on her fun YouTube videos and on TV shows such as Sky1’s Duck Quacks Don’t Echo (hosted by Lee Mack).
A special session of practical maths Colin Wright, Mathematician and juggler
Several games played by children of all ages turn have connections between them, and investigating those connections has turned up surprising results. In this interactive workshop we play some of the games, see the connections, and discover unsolved problems.
About 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.
ExoMars – Engineering for the Red Planet Abigail Hutty, Lead Structures Engineer, ExoMars Rover Project
ExoMars is Europe’s first Rover mission to Mars – a mission to discover whether we are alone in the Universe. Abbie will discuss the mission’s aims and objectives and how we are using mathematics to meet the challenges involved.
About Abigail Hutty
Abbie works on the ExoMars Rover Mission, Europe’s first rover mission to Mars. In 2013 she was awarded the title of IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year.
Lateral thinking in mathematics Paul Sloane, Destination Innovation
Lateral thinking means coming at the problem from a different point of view, challenging your assumptions and finding a clever and different solution. Paul will show how it applies in Maths as well as many other walks of life.
About Paul Sloane
Paul Sloane is the leading author of books of lateral thinking puzzles, many of which are co-authored with Des MacHale. He also writes on innovation, open innovation and crowdsourcing.