A Festival of Maths for Sixth Formers


23 January 2018


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Maths Fest is a day for sixth-form students to celebrate and be inspired by mathematics. Perfect for your sixth-form maths students (and maths-keen KS4), this this is a chance to reward your students who would like to discover more of the exciting side of maths.

UPDATE: The venue is The Camden Centre, WC1H 9JE (entrence off Bidborough Road). Not the IOE.


Back for 2017 the second Maths Fest is ready to excite students and provide free coffee for teachers (the two highlights of Maths Fest 2016, according to our feedback forms).

Organised by stand-up mathematician Matt Parker and maths author Rob Eastaway, Maths Fest will feature some of the best maths speakers in the world. Students will have a chance to meet and chat with maths celebrities.

Speakers for Maths Fest 2017 include:

  • Simon Singh: best-selling maths author
  • Matt Parker: stand-up mathematician
  • James Grime: internet maths phenomenon
  • Katie Steckles: award-winning maths speaker
  • Eugenie von Tunzelmann: Visual effects artist on Interstellar, Iron Man 2, Harry Potter

MathsFest is deliberately designed to reinforce normal school lessons. A fantastic day-out for mathematics students, certain to leave them excited and ready to learn more maths!

The goal is also to encourage students to study for their exams. Every student will be given a free Maths Fest booklet with information about the speakers and talks, along with puzzles and further exercises. It will also contain an exam study guide which will be reinforced by the speakers on stage.

After the success of Maths Slam 2016, students will once again be able to represent their school and present a maths concept from the stage in under five minutes. We will have to limit numbers this time though; details out soon.

Maths Fest is also a day for maths teachers. During lunch all teachers are welcome to join the speakers backstage for a coffee (as long as students are still being supervised!). It is also free for any maths teacher in a UK school to attend Maths Fest, even if they do not bring any students. (We can provide a CPD sheet to show SLT.)

Maths Fest will also host the UK final of Who Wants to be a Mathematician. The top four UK students will win free Maths Fest tickets for their school and take part in a live knock-out final on stage answering questions asked by Matt. It’s free for UK schools to enter! Details on the American Mathematical Society website.