Hand-crafted by stand-up mathematician Matt Parker and maths author Rob Eastaway, Maths Fest is coming back in 2020 to excite students and provide free coffee for teachers.
Maths Fest 2020 will feature some of the best maths speakers in the world talking about their favourite bits of maths, and will celebrate maths as an exciting, useful and rewarding subject. A fantastic day out for mathematics students, certain to leave them motivated and excited to learn more maths!
Maths content: 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 involved in Maths Fest 2020 will include those listed below. See the Speakers page for more details.
- Aoife Hunt: Industrial Modelling Expert
- Ben Sparks: Mathematician and Musician
- James Grime: Internet Maths Phenomenon
- Mithuna Yoganathan: Quantum Computing Expert
- Nicole Cozens: Maths Teacher and Exam Expert
- Rob Eastaway: Best-selling Maths Author
- Simon Singh: BAFTA Award-winning Documentary Maker
- Steve Mould: Science YouTuber
Exam skills: Maths Fest is deliberately designed to reinforce normal school lessons. The goal is to return your students to you motivated to study for their maths courses at school. For 2020 we are going to have a new focus on revision and exam techniques. We will have an exams skills section of the day and there will also be revision tips in the student booklet alongside the puzzles, competitions and programme as normal.
Maths Slam: 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.
Teachers: Maths Fest is also a day for maths teachers. Teachers are welcome to join speakers for coffee at lunchtime (as long as students are still being supervised!). Maths Fest is free for any maths teacher to attend, even if they do not bring any students. We can provide a CPD sheet to show SLT.
Maths Village: There will be a Maths Village for students and teachers to visit in the break and lunch. Visit the stalls to do mini maths activities and meet people who use maths every day at universities and in industry. There will be also be calculator and book signing for students.
Looking for a half-day event instead? Maths Inspiration runs interactive half-day lecture shows in major theatres around the country. They are aimed at sixth-formers and Year 11s who want to see how maths connects to the real world, but for whom a whole day of maths is (for whatever reason) a bit much.