Making Maths Count

Maths Week Scotland – Tuesday

September 11, 2018 by No Comments | Category Uncategorized

Day Two and the pace is picking up! Maths is such a broad area and we have loved seeing so many different aspects reflected in the activities being carried out outside, online, in nurseries, schools and universities.

Unleash your creative side in the maths inside photo competition which looks for maths in our surroundings, with categories in my town, in the wild or through change. The competition is open for just one more day, submissions must be in on 5pm on Wednesday 12th September. There will also be a prize giving ceremony on Saturday 15th, winners from P1 – S6 could win amazon vouchers. Details available from the website

Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science, Richard Lochhead visited Monifeith High School today to see an enigma machine in action with Tom Briggs from the Bletchley Park team. Pupils had a great time cracking codes and finding out how to set an enigma machine.

In St Andrews, school pupils from St Leonards were able to see and discuss original texts by mathematicians through history, including Mary Somerville and letters by Isaac Newton.

The session was facilitated by the Special Collections team at St Andrews, and they brought the texts to life with stories of Mary Somerville’s struggles to be recognised as a scientist and Isaac Newton’s fight to claim discoveries as his own.

After viewing the texts, undergraduate students and school pupils all enjoyed a talk on the Mathematics of the Sun by James Threlfall. Space weather is big news, but behind the headlines teams of people including mathematicians are constantly watching the suns activity. They are working to model and predict the activity of the sun and the effect it would have on us here on earth.

Across the River Tay in Dundee, Dundee High School have a week of activities planned to include maths relays, assemblies and homing the Maths Week Scotland golf flags which flew at the Scottish Open Golf Championships at Gullane.

Maths performer Andrew Jeffrey kicked off his Maths Week Tour wowing students with the Magic of Maths in Perth. He will be continuing his maths adventures around Scotland throughout Maths Week and will be in Pitlochry tomorrow.

Across twitter we are delighted to see so many people taking part in the DFM Daily Puzzle, as well as the many other amazing puzzles and challenges on the go, and introducing maths across the curriculum; we’ve seen numeracy in Spanish classes and maths incorporated into the Daily Mile and PE lessons. There’s been bridge building, orienteering, a pharmacist and optician talking to pupils about maths in their jobs, and a forensic session with the police! Keep it up and don’t forget to tweet us #MathsWeekScot @MathsScot

Tomorrow is a busy day for Maths Week with a public lecture on Maths Coded in our Genes, statistics event for teaching practitioners whilst school pupils will be finding out about the Maths of Social Media at Heriot Watt University. Plus maths performers and workshops will be continuing to tour Scotland!

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