GCSE Maths students from five schools in Birmingham and Solihull visited The Sixth Form College, Solihull last week to celebrate mathematics in its many forms and applications, as the annual Year 10 Mathematics Conference took place.
Year 10 students from Arden, Arthur Terry, Queensbridge, St Martin’s and St Benedicts Schools attended the full-day event, which was supported by the Advanced Mathematics Support Programme (AMSP). The annual event is designed to inspire and enthuse students with mathematics, by way of a variety of talks and practical workshops. These sessions involved interesting and diverse applications of mathematics, from the mechanics behind “maths magic” to data mining and binary coding.
The keynote speaker was Dr Vicky Neale from the University of Oxford, who delivered an interactive lecture on Perplexing Primes. Meanwhile, Ruth Fairclough from the University of Wolverhampton, Derek Couzens and Sharon Tripconey, both from the Advanced Mathematics Support Programme (AMSP), were present to deliver workshops. Mathematics is well provided for at the Sixth Form College. At present, the College offers three Maths-related A level courses: Mathematics, Further Maths and Statistics.
Isabel Cooper, Mathematics teacher at the College and organiser of this event, said:
“We have run this event for the last 12 years and it could not go ahead without the support of the Advanced Mathematics Support Programme. We are grateful to our guest lecturers for giving up their time to deliver workshops and to the students who visited from the five local schools. The sessions were unusual and exciting – the Magic Maths workshop and Fun Maths Roadshow particularly generated excitement with the students! It also helped the students to appreciate how important Mathematics is in everyday life, and how it is a key to future employment.”
Curriculum Leader for Maths, Scott Fisher, added:
“It was great to see so many students with a keen interest in Maths. These Year 10 students will be making applications for their sixth form places next term and this event provided a unique insight into what it’s like to continue with their Maths studies at A level. I hope to see them at an open day in the Autumn.”
10 July 2018