School Week Round Up
Posted by Eva
It's the end of the school week for Maths Week Scotland and what a week it's been! We've loved seeing such a range of activity in schools on Twitter from careers to ceilidhs, thanks to everyone who's shared their Maths Week Scotland with us. So what has everyone learnt at school this week?
Across the country schools have welcomed maths performers into their schools. Ben Sparks has been wowing pupils with maths magic in Angus and the Borders (we’d tell you all about it but we’ve sworn the the Magicians Oath) and Kjartan Poskitt has been causing hilarity in the Western Isles with his Murderous Maths.
Caroline Ainslie has been bubbling with enthusiasm in Dumfries and Galloway. Nearly 2,000 pupils used their imagination and maths skills to turn halls into fish tanks and work out just how many pupils you can fit inside a bubble. Plus learning a bit of ancient Greek along the way.
Up in Inverness Tom Crawford shared tales of his storm chasing adventures in Antarctica all in the pursuit of mathematical modelling. His work in fluid dynamics helps understand our oceans and create mathematical models to help us predict the climate of the future. We also travelled back in time to find how in an Ancient Greek world where they only believed in whole numbers one mathematician's radical ideas got him killed.
In Glasgow Strathclyde Science Scouts have been running activities looking at infectious disease modelling, cancer cells, cryptography and a murder mystery.
As well as inviting special guests in, schools have found ways to embed Maths Week Scotland throughout their school days. Taking part in our competitions, dancing using our Maths Week Scotland Science Ceilidh resources, finding the maths in outdoor play and creative escape room games full of maths challenges.
Women in Maths
To celebrate women in Maths Day (12 May) we interviewed six women with maths at the core of their role and will be releasing the videos throughout May.
Our next two videos are women who work with large numbers which affect all of our lives. Kate Forbes is the Cabinet Secretary for Finance for Scotland and Esther Roughsedge is a Statistician at National Records of Scotland.