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/activities

 

Online mudule: Statistics: Unloclking the World of Data

The fourth edition of our online course on Statistics will begin on Wednesday 15th January 2020.

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.

For further information and to enrol (free of charge) visit this page.

 

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

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.

 

Recent Events

 

14th December 2019 (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.

 
14th December 2019 (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.

 

8th November: Mind the Lab (Waverley train station)

Our students and staff member enertained people who passed by the station waiting room, with a range of fun "mathemagic" tricks, and hands-on bespoke puzzles and activities.

 
12th October 2019 (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.

 

5th October (12pm-4pm): Fun Palaces- Ocean Terminal shopping center

More than 130 people joined us to assisted to astonishing "magic" tricks, and explore the maths behind them. They also got a chance to exercise their problem-solving skills by playing fun strategy games, and have a go at a range of hands-on mathematical  activities.

 
30th September: Celebrate the Beauty of Mathematics: a reception for maths teachers

During Maths Week, we hosted a reception for maths primary and secondary school teachers. The event included a range of hands-on activities and talks from school teachers and staff in the School of Mathematics. The Deputy First Minister, Mr John Swinney, addressed the event.