School of Mathematics

Maths Week at Work

Maths Week at Work is a series of videos where Maths graduates explain how they use Maths everyday and challenge the public with a puzzle related to their job.

This series consists of five episodes. In each of them a maths graduate explains how maths is used in their job, and then challenge us with a puzzle related to their job.  A solution to each puzzle is also presented.

Though the resources were produced in the occasion of Maths Week, they can be used any time of the year, and over several weeks.

Although the videos are in principle aimed at S1-S4 students, the puzzles do not require much background knowledge, hence they might be suitable for younger or older students as well.

The document below describes the project and gives some tips on how to use it in  the classroom:

 
Episode 1: Dr Richard Archibald (Video Game Programmer)

Day 1- Video 1: Interview and Puzzle

Day 1- Video 2: Solution to the Puzzle

 
Episode 2: Caitlin Stronach (Actuary)

Day 2- Video 1: Interview and Puzzle

Day 2- Video 2: Solution to the Puzzle

 
Episode 3: Dr Steven O'Hagan (Deputy Director of the UK Mathematics Trust)

Day 3-Video 1: Interview and Puzzle

Day 3-Video 2: Solution to the Puzzle

 

Episode 4: Tessa Hayman (Transport planner)

Day 4-Video 1: Interview and Puzzle 

Day 4-Video 2: Solution to the Puzzle

 
Episode 5: Dr Francesca Iezzi (Coordinator of Maths Outreach at the University of Edinburgh)

Day 5-Video 1: Interview and Puzzle

Day 5-Video 2: Solution to the Puzzle and Conclusion

 

The videos were produced by Francesca Iezzi and Aarol films

 
Get in touch

If you have got any questions, comments or suggestions, or you need any exra support, please contact Francesca Iezzi (francesca.iezzi@ed.ac.uk).

 
Give us your feedback

We would really appreciate if you could let us know how the series worked in your classroom, and we would welcome any suggestions for improvement. Please get in touch to give us your feedback or fill in in  this survey. This would be precious help when it comes to evaluating this progect, looking for funding, and designing similar projects in the future.