Maths Fest is coming back in 2020 to excite students and provide free coffee for teachers (two highlights of previous Maths Fests, 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 who will talk about their favourite bits of mathematics and show how they use maths in their normal lives. Students will have a chance to meet and chat with maths celebrities.
Maths Fest runs every year and the talk content is organised such that students can attend for three consecutive years and not see the same talks.
Speakers for Maths Fest 2020 are yet to be confirmed. The speakers for 2019 were:
- Rob Eastaway: Best-selling Maths Author
- Hannah Fry: TV star & UCL Maths Lecturer
- James Grime: Internet Maths Phenomenon
- David Acheson: Guitar-playing Maths Author
- Matt Parker: Stand-up Mathematician
- Ben Sparks: Mathematician and Musician
- Vicky Neale: Maths Lecturer excited about primes
Maths Fest 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 A-Level (and GCSE) courses. 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 a revision study guide which will be emphasised by the speakers on stage.
As in previous years, we will once again run the Maths Slam where students will be able to represent their school and present a maths concept from the stage in under three minutes. If you’ve booked for Maths Fest and we haven’t already been in touch to explain about how to apply for a place in the Maths Slam, then please email us. Places are limited so not all schools who apply are selected.
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.