About this day
Our exceptional days of GCSE Maths in Action feature five interactive and informative sessions that will inspire KS4 students.
We will explore fascinating and occasionally unexpected applications which demonstrate that continuing to study maths is important. Each day is supplemented by an examination session which includes hints and tips on how to improve your grades.
Programme & speakers
Bits and pieces: secrets of a digital world James Grime, Mathematician and communicator
See how messages and photos are transmitted on the internet, and the secret messages that tell a film studio when you are sharing movies illegally. Join James to discover the way messages are transmitted without mistakes, even from space!
About James Grime
Dr James Grime is a maths communicator and YouTube star. He has toured the world with his code-breaking talk.
A mind for maths Bobby Seagull, Secondary Maths teacher and Doctorate candidate
Bobby rose to national prominence as a captain of the Emmanuel Cambridge team on the BBC University Challenge quiz. Here he selects his dream team of four mathematicians from history and explains why each person deserves to be on his team.
About Bobby Seagull
Bobby was an investment banking trader, chartered accountant, social entrepreneur and a semi-finalist captain on University Challenge. He is an author, TV presenter and now teaches Maths.
Yeah, but is it Significant? Jen Rogers, PHASTAR
In clinical trials for a new treatment for chronic headaches, 40% get better within 24 hours. But so what? Join Jen to decide whether any differences in the data are just by chance, or whether they are ‘statistically significant’.
About Jen Rogers
Jen is Head of Statistical Research at specialist CRO, PHASTAR. She is currently Vice-President for External Affairs at the Royal Statistical Society and can regularly be found talking all things statistics in schools, theatres and pubs, as well as the odd TV and radio appearance.
Practical Session Alex Bellos, Author and broadcaster
Alex Bellos returns with a new session jam-packed with puzzles, demonstrations and mathematical conundrums. You will need a pen and paper for Alex’s presentation.
About Alex Bellos
Alex writes the infamous Monday maths puzzle for The Guardian. He is also the author of the popular maths bestsellers Alex’s Adventures in Numberland and Alex Through the Looking-Glass.
Freaky probability Zoe Griffiths, Maths communicator
Humans are bad at understanding probability – not because they don’t understand maths, but because it’s often counterintuitive. Through a series of examples including audience games, students will discover that the chances are not always what we might imagine.
About Zoe Griffiths
Zoe travels the UK and internationally giving mathematics talks and workshops in schools, at science festivals, teacher conferences and at comedy nights.