School of Mathematics

Outreach

The School of Mathematics is committed not only to doing great new research, but also to telling people about it.

photograph from science festival

We have a talented team of staff and students who work hard to communicate their love of mathematics to the wider community.  Sometimes this is through talks or school masterclasses; sometimes it involves doing exhibitions at science festivals or visiting local schools.  Whatever the medium, our goal is to change the public perception of mathematics as being dull, boring and useless and to show people that maths is actually a beautiful, elegant and creative subject that underpins much of modern society.

 

On this website you can find out more about the events that we organise for the public and for schools, as well as some digital resources we have produced for schools and individuals. You can also read about our dedicated Mathematics Outreach Team. Visit out Explore Further page to find out about the cutting-edge research being done here at the School of Mathematics, read our magazine, or start planning your mathematical walking tour of Edinburgh...

 

Upcoming Events

 

14th November: Virtual Maths Circle 

This is a workshop for children aged 7-14 and their families. Participants rwill receive a selection of our fantastic maths problems to try in advance. During the live online event they will be able to listen to our students and staff members discussing the problems, and to ask questions. For further information  and to book a space, please visit this page.

 

Ongoing: Maths in the Kitchen- Dundee Science Centre Home Learning program

We have contributed to the Dundee Science Centre  Home Learning program, with some activities focused on "Maths in the Kitchen". Click here to  take a journey into the world of shapes and symmetries, and explore why our pies and pizzas are round.

 

Ongoing: Edinburgh Science Festival (Online program)

Even this year we join other scientists from the University to show off what it is that makes our subject great, by contributing to the Edinburgh Science Festival online program. 

Explore our activities and resources, and find out how Maths underpins many aspects of our lives, and how we use it in many contexts, much more often than we think. 

 

Online resources for schools and individuals

 

Have Fun with Maths

A collection kit of resources for P5-S3 students, aimed at developing problem solving. The resources focus on strategy games and some applications of Maths to transport networks. They include some videos, a range of puzzles, and a document with tips and advice for teachers/educators.  The resources are available here.

 

Maths Week at Work- Careers in Maths

A series of videos where five Maths graduates working in different sectors explain how they use maths in their jobs, and present puzzles  related to their job. Check this page for further details, and to watch the videos.

 

Climate Change and Mathematics

Climate Change is one of the biggest issues that we are currently facing, but did you know that there is actually a lot of maths behind it?  Check out our resources to see some of the number crunching that Climate Scientists do in their fight to save our planet!

The resources include a Powerpoint presentation, together with some notes for teachers and a lesson plan. They can be found here.

 

 

Recent Events

 

3rd October: Virtual Maths Circle 

This is a workshop for children aged 7-14 and their families. Participants receive a selection of our fantastic maths problems to try in advance. During the live online event they are able to listen to our students and staff members discussing the problems, and to ask questions. 

 

28th September- 1st October: Maths Week workshops for teachers

As part of Maths Week Scotland, the School of Mathematics hosted a workshop for mathematics teachers. The event included syncronous and asyncronous elements. Participants were to listen to talks from school teachers and staff in the School of Mathematics, join in small group discussions as they tackled various Mathematical puzzles and activities, attend a Q&A session. The Deputy First Minister addressed the event and was part of the Q&A panel.

 

28th September- 4th October: Maths Week Scotland

Even this year, we contributed to this nationwide initiative with a range of events for children, family and teachers. Visit this page for further information about our program this year.

 

26th/27th September: Edinburgh Doors Open Day

The Edinburgh Doors Open Day took place again this year, but, given the situation, it was online. Many buildings in the city have (virtually) opened their doors to visitors. Visit this page for a tour of the King's Building campus, home of the School of Mathematics, and "visit" JCMB to engage with our activities.

 

5th August 2020 (5:30pm-6:30pm): Virtual Maths Circle 

This is a workshop for children aged 7-14 and their families. Participants received a selection of our fantastic maths problems to try in advance. During the live online event they were able to listen to our students and staff members discussing the problems, and to ask questions.

 

29th February 2020 (10:30am-12:00pm): Learn How to Run a Maths Circle (Teacher Development Workshop)

In this workshop we showed some of the resources we use during our Maths Circles, and gave advice on how to run a Maths Circle in your classroom or community centres. Further information can be found here.

29th February 2020 (1:00pm-4:00pm): Maths Circle

The Edinburgh Maths Circle is an opportunity for children aged 5 to 16 and their families to join us for an afternoon of fun, puzzles, and stimulating hands-on mathematics. More details can be found on this page.

 

Online mudule: Statistics: Unloclking the World of Data

The fourth edition of our online course on Statistics has been live in the period January-March 2020. A new edition will very probably go live in January 2021.

The coarse introduces some of the key concepts of Statistics, and explores the ideas and methodes behind the Stats we encounter in everyday life. No previous knowledge is required.