8pm, Thursday 12th November: Being Mathematical

For teachers: On Thursday there will be a special edition of the ATM’s mathematical Twitter conversation, using the hashtag #BeingMathematical. The idea is a simple one – a mathematical investigation is posed earlier in the day, and then between 8pm and 9pm everyone shares their thoughts and questions. The problems are always low-threshold, so accessible to all.

Having taken part in a few, I can attest to the fact that they are inclusive (I have NEVER seen a comment disrespected) and interesting, as we all get to see how others tackle problems. To join in, simply sign in to Twitter (it’s fast and free if you haven’t already) and search for the hashtag #BeingMathematical.

10am, Friday 13th November: Mathematical Art

Clarissa Grandi is the undisputed Queen of Mathematical Art, and she has very kindly agreed to run an exclusive maths art class for Maths Week England. Details to follow – but suitable for Years 5 to 9 (or anyone else who cares to give it a go!) All attendees will need :

  • Sharp pencil
  • Ruler
  • Tracing paper
  • Pair of compasses

The session will be run via Zoom for a maximum of 100 attending classes, but will be recorded for anyone who is not successful in gaining a place. Details of the Zoom link will be in Friday’s daily email which you will receive if you have registered for Maths Week.

(NB: Anyone who brings a compass instead of a pair of compasses will NOT be able to access the class, but WILL at least have a very clear idea of which direction is North).

For a sense of how good a teacher Clarissa is, check out this first attempt at drawing, from someone who attended one of Clarissa’s webinars and who hadn’t drawn anything for over 40 years because their art teacher had dismissed them as useless:

1pm, Friday 13th November: Making Decisions with maths

How do you make a decision when there are many factors to think about? For example, when you buy a car you might want to think about its model, speed and cost. Which is more important? How do you balance them all and make the best choice? Join Chandan Jha via this link to learn the answer. He’ll explain how maths and analytics can be used in this kind of situation, through a technique known as Multiple Criteria Decision Making, and talk about some practical applications of this mathematical method.

4pm, Friday 13th November: Jonny Griffiths, ‘The Dot Problem’.

This lecture is aimed at Key Stage 4 and 5 pupils.

You are given a row of dots that are either black or white. You form a row underneath with one less dot using these rules;

Two blacks go to a white, two whites go to a white, and a black and a white, or a white and a black, go to a black.

Keep going until you get down to one dot. Can you predict the colour of the final dot without drawing out the whole triangle? This deceptively simple problem has hidden depths, that mean students of any age can come away with a satisfying mathematical experience. Areas covered include odd and even numbers, the use of algebra, Pascal’s Triangle and the nature of proof. The link will be posted on Friday’s daily page.

10am, Saturday 14th November: Family Scavenger Hunt

This is taking place on Saturday 14th November and is designed for families of all ages to participate in. Please note that while free to enter for anyone who is registered from Maths Week 2020, it is being run by an external agency, Living Maths.

Your family will have to work as a team to accomplish various tasks.  Some might require some artistic skills, some might involve culinary skills and some will involve literary skills.  There will be some Maths knowledge too.  Creativity and originality will be rewarded with bonus points.   You will be able to see what your competition is doing so that you know what you are up against.   Bonus missions will be inserted at random times.  Be prepared for an abundance of laughter and an appreciation for how crazy your family members can be.  Tasks will earn you points if they are completed.  Creativity will be rewarded with bonus points.   You have the duration of the Scavenger hunt to complete as many tasks as possible. 

To sign up, click here.

Please enjoy this fun activity safely, and obey social distancing and any local Covid rules.

Primary Maths Challenge 2020

An annual event from the Mathematical Association, timed to coincide with Maths Week England, this is a fab multiple choice quiz aimed at upper primary aged children. Why not check it out and enter here as part of Maths Week 2020?!

You can apply online up until 18th November 2020.