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. And we’ll prove that you can drill a hole in a CD and it will still play – live!
About James Grime
Dr. James Grime is a speaker, maths populariser and YouTube sensation. He has toured the world with his code-breaking talk.
Over-analysing video games Matthew Scroggs, UCL
In this talk, I will apply some mathematical thinking to Pac-Man and other video games. This will lead us to work out the shortest possible route to complete a Pac-Man level, and learn about the different 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 £100 crossnumber, and reads Martin Gardner books.