Maths in the Real World Resource Pack

This resource pack pulls together digital postcards, as well as videos and blog posts, that have been shared over the last four years of our Show Your Working campaign.

For a few years now, we have been running an annual campaign called "Show Your Working" which aims to show that maths is everywhere and highlight the importance of maths in all careers - from athletes to artists, and from farmers to fire fighters. People from across different sectors were invited to share how they use maths in their jobs, with the examples being turned in to digital postcards.

This resource pack pulls together digital postcards, as well as videos and blog posts, that have been shared over the last four years of our Show Your Working campaign.

Show Your Working Digital Postcards

We have collated the digital postcards in to a pack, which can be downloaded via the button below. Jobs featured include:

  • Accountant and Banker
  • Anaesthetist
  • Athlete
  • Baker
  • Chef
  • Civil Engineer
  • Curator
  • Dietician
  • Digital Content Producer
  • Electronic Engineer
  • Environmental Officer
  • Farmer
  • Firefighter
  • Gardener
  • Illustrator
  • Interior Designer
  • Marine Biologist
  • Metocean Engineer
  • Nurse
  • Performer
  • Performing Arts Teacher
  • Prison Monitoring Coordinator
  • Radiographer
  • Ranger
  • Scottish Football Association Data Manager
  • Scottish Football Association Team Manager
  • Tax Adviser
  • Tour Guide
  • Vet

We also love this classroom display that one teacher had created from print outs of the postcards and shared with us:

Show Your Working Videos

St. Johnstone FC

St. Johnstone Football Club shared a series of videos, showing how maths is relevant to different jobs within the club:

East Renfrewshire Culture & Leisure

Five football coaches from East Renfrewshire Culture & Leisure explained how they use maths and numeracy in their roles.

Lifelong Learning, Dumfries & Galloway Council

The Lifelong Learning team at Dumfries & Galloway Council asked some local employers and employers about how they use maths in their day to day job.

Auchindrain Township Museum

Auchindrain Township Museum in Argyll & Bute also shared some videos of staff talking about the maths involved in their work.

Show Your Working Blog Posts

The following blog posts go in to more detail about the maths involved in some jobs.

Maths in the Real World: The Maths Behind Fire Fighting

The Museum of Scottish Fire Heritage in Edinburgh shines a spotlight on some of the ways that firefighters use maths in their work.

Maths and the Arts: Where Magic Takes Form!

Claire Doyle from 3Theatre in Edinburgh highlights how maths is important in all areas of the performing arts, including dance and movement, staging and lighting design, acting, costume design, and singing and music production.

Women in Maths

To celebrate Women in Maths Day, in 2020 we interviewed six different women for whom maths is at the core of their job, including a Textile Conservator, a Civil Engineer, the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, a Lighting Designer, a Statistician, and a Professor at Glasgow University.

Show Your Working at National Museums Scotland

Staff across National Museums Scotland share how important maths is in their work, including a Curator, a Learning Enabler, a 3D Model Creator, and a Geologist. Some have also included extra activities for you to try.

Maths at the Museum: Contributing to Conservations

Also at National Museums Scotland, Ashleigh Whiffin, Assistant Curator of Entomology, talks about her work with the insect collections.

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