About this day
For A-level and IB students
Give your KS5 students the opportunity to meet our crack team of mathematicians, engineers, statisticians, architects, code-breakers, data scientists and more for the ultimate educational experience. Maths in Action features five lively and enriching sessions exploring a variety of topics carefully designed to extend students’ knowledge. A session on examination success will equip students with the tools to succeed.
Programme & speakers
The Future of Flight Sophie Harker, BAE Systems
From breaking speed records to flying an aircraft into orbit, the aerospace industry is on the verge of major breakthroughs. Sophie will introduce some revolutionary projects and show that mathematicians provide a vital role in engineering them.
About Sophie Harker
Sophie is a senior aerodynamicist at BAE Systems. She was awarded the Sir Henry Royce Medal 2018 and was the IET’s Young Woman Engineer of the Year 2018.
Game Theory Karen Page, University College London
Game Theory is a mathematical description of strategic interactions between individuals. How should you behave to win as much as possible when your opponent wants to do the same? It has been applied to understanding many different areas of behaviour, ranging from war to finding a mate! Karen will explore some example games and their real-world relevance, as well as introducing her work in evolutionary game theory.
About Karen Page
Karen Page is a professor of Mathematical Biology at UCL. She works with experimental biologists to try to understand embryonic development and the dynamics of evolution.
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.
Windmills of your mind Ben Sparks, Mathematician, musician, teacher
Join Ben to discover how circles and spirals turn up in the most surprising of places can be a source of beauty, awe and mystery. Ben will explore ways in which maths can be, literally, moving.
About Ben Sparks
Ben is a mathematician, musician and teacher, based at the University of Bath. He regularly gives talks and workshops to schools. Ben still gets surprisingly excited about imaginary numbers.
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.