About this day
Do your 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 and engineering 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
Tor, statistics and the dark net Cerys Bradley, UCL
The dark net is a part of the internet designed to let users hide their identity. Cerys will shine a light on this private world of political activism, cybercrime and more using the immense power of statistics.
About Cerys Bradley
Cerys uses maths to investigate the impact of law enforcement interventions on Dark Net Market users. She is interested in Privacy Enhancing Technologies and Cybercrime.
Practical session Steve Mould, Maths and science communicator
Steve can be a bit obsessive at times. Especially with numbers. Join him on his descent into madness as he recounts his adventures from a simple mathematical curiosity to prime time TV. You will need a pen and paper for this session.
About Steve Mould
Steve Mould is a maths & science presenter and comedian who appears as the science expert on TV and radio. He has a YouTube channel with more than 100,000 subscribers.
Patterns and predictions Colin Wright, Mathematician and juggler
Maths is about patterns – finding them, proving that they’re real, and then using them to make predictions. Colin will investigate some patterns – some real, some not real(!) – and see an application in an unexpected place.
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.
Maths and engineering: joining the dots Delphine Ryan, Aerolegis
Delphine will demonstrate how maths and engineering are very much joined at the hips from the simplest of actions to the most complex human inventions.
About Delphine Ryan
Delphine began her engineering life as a student on live aircraft maintenance at Manchester airport. Upon graduating university, she secured an engineering job in the Ministry of Defence.
A Mind for Maths Bobby Seagull, Secondary Maths teacher and Doctorate candidate
As a secondary school maths teacher, Bobby helps students of all attainment levels tackle the challenges of his subject every single day. Whether you are top of the class, or struggling to keep up with your peers, Bobby explains how to develop your mind for numbers so you can fulfil your mathematical potential. In this informative and interactive session dotted with fascinating mathematical anecdotes there will be the chance to answer questions in a (not-quite-university) challenge.
About Bobby Seagull
Bobby was an investment banking trader, chartered accountant, social entrepreneur and a semi-finalist captain on University Challenge. He is also author of The Monkman & Seagull Quiz Book and The Life Changing Magic of Numbers. He now teaches Maths part-time at secondary school and is researching for his Doctorate at Cambridge University.