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 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 a presenter of the YouTube channel numberphile
The movement of crowds Aoife Hunt, Movement Strategies
How many people can you fit into a football stadium or a music festival? How quickly are they all going to be able to get out? These are important questions for event organisers, and mathematicians can help to answer them. Aoife shows how consultants use maths to understand the movement of crowds – whether at Wembley Stadium, Glastonbury or Heathrow Airport.
About Aoife Hunt
Aoife job is to analyse the movements of people. At work, she uses maths and statistics to figure out the patterns of large crowds at venues including Wembley Stadium.
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.
Doubling and doubling Kyle Evans, Maths communicator
Award-winning maths communicator Kyle D Evans is obsessed with doubling numbers. With the help of a giant chess board, a lot of rice and nearly as many t-shirts, he will share this passion with you.
About Kyle Evans
Kyle is an award-winning musical comedian and maths communicator- combining comedy, song and extreme pedantry to lethal effect (not literally).
Measuring Space Nicole Cozens, National Space Centre
How big is the Earth? How far away is the furthest space craft? How many aliens are there? We will look at questions that people have asked about Space, and mathematical solutions (not all right!) that people created.
About Nicole Cozens
Nicole is a Lead Educator for the National Space Academy. When she’s not enthusing about mathematical space things she is also a Maths Teacher and National Coordinator for the AMSP.