About this day
For GCSE students
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
Maths v Sport Tom Crawford, University of Oxford
How do you take the perfect penalty kick? What is the fastest time a human will ever run a marathon? And where is the best place on Earth to attempt a world record? Maths has all of the answers and in this talk I’ll show you how you can use it to improve your performance at sport (results may vary).
About Tom Crawford
Tom Crawford (aka Tom Rocks Maths) is on a mission to make maths a little more rock and roll. His many degrees pale into insignificance when you see the first 120 digits of ‘e’ tattooed on his arm!
Puzzles and conundrums 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.
Engineering the future Aimi Elias, Software developer, Sky
Will machines ever be cleverer than us? How does a machine learn the difference between a dog and a bagel? Aimi is going to explain the basics of machine learning and how it can solve some real world problems.
About Aimi Elias
Aimi Elias is a software developer with a passion for science communication. She works on technology that makes online streaming possible all over the world at Sky. Before she discovered how much she loves to code, Aimi was a civil engineer working on underground tunnels for Crossrail.
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 if 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 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.
A journey through viral maths Kyle Evans, Maths communicator
Social media plays a huge part in most people’s lives, and amongst the viral videos and memes you’ll find a surprising number of maths puzzles: some good and some… not so good. Kyle has waded through dozens of these puzzles for his book Maths Tricks to Blow Your Mind!, and will present the very best of viral maths, along with an insight into why some puzzles go viral. A pen and paper would be useful.
About Kyle Evans
Kyle is an award-winning maths communicator and entertainer who has performed in all corners of the UK, from the Edinburgh Fringe to London’s Science Museum and everywhere between.