Our Royal Institution Mathematics Masterclasses, jointly organised with Napier University, are interactive and hands-on super-curricular classes designed to stimulate and encourage young people in the art and practice of mathematics. Masterclasses are designed to stretch and inspire keen and talented pupils from all over Scotland, allowing them to broaden their mathematical knowledge and develop a sense of enjoyment in the subject. Classes are led by top experts from academia and industry, and cover a broad range of mathematical topics.
Our Mathematics Masterclasses series, jointly organised with Napier University, runs for five weeks in the spring term, starting in February. Every Saturday morning, a different speaker is invited to share their favourite part of mathematics, which could be an interesting game they've played, an aspect of their cutting-edge research, a magic trick, or an unexpected connection between maths and another subject. Classes are never just a dry lecture, but are highly interactive and a great opportunity for pupils to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
Schools from across Scotland are invited to nominate up to five S2 pupils to take part in the series; this year we will accept around 300 pupils, from a mix of state and private schools. Parents cannot nominate their child directly, but are encouraged to speak to their child's teacher if they are interested. Pupils are selected based on their enthusiasm for mathematics and their work ethic rather than purely on their mathematical ability. You can find out more about Royal Institution Masterclasses here.
If you are a school teacher and you are interested in nominating your pupils to take part in the program, please contact Liam Campbell (email@example.com) or Francesca Iezzi (firstname.lastname@example.org). They will send you relevant information.
The Edinburgh & Lothians Mathematics Masterclasses are supported by the University of Edinburgh, Napier University and the Royal Institution. If you are interested in offering us financial support for future years then we would be glad to hear from you!
Sat 26th Feb 10:00-11:30
Hannah Newson, Corinne Phillips, Yasmin Voong, Sanvith Pakalapati (The University of Edinburgh)
Let’s make a film
There are many teams that must work together to create a successful film, in this class we are going to explore some of the mathematics that goes on behind the scenes.
Sat 5th March 10:00-11:30
Chris Guiver (Edinburgh Napier University)
Areas, lengths and shapes
We shall explore the properties of areas and perimeters of shapes - from the familiar to the (hopefully) new. There are lots of practical situations where we would like to know the area or perimeter of a shape, but we shall see that computing these quantities is not always so straightforward. The mathematical concept of infinity crops up with some rather unexpected consequences. The session will contain some presented components from the speaker, and some time for practical activities for the participants.
Sat 12th March 10:00-11:30
Francesca Iezzi (The University of Edinburgh)
Tessellations: between Maths and Art
Maths and Art are often seen as completely different subjects but there is more that connects them than you might think! In fact, Mathematics has influenced many artists both in ancient and modern times, from Celtic Art to Islamic Art, from Leonardo to Esher. In this class we will focus on tessellations, their importance in Maths, and how this topic has inspired artists of all times Time permitting, you will have a chance to get creative and make your own mathematical masterpiece...
Sat 19th March 10:00-11:30
Gavin Reid (Heriott-Watt University)
What are the Chances?!
Many events in our world are uncertain, from tossing a coin to winning the lottery. We'll look at how we can mathematically quantify the uncertainty of some everyday events (and their combinations) using probability theory, and explore a peculiar mathematical problem based around a game show!
Sat 26th March 10:00-11:30
Basel Barakat (University of Sanderland)
Does Maths exists in the Real World
The talk will cover various areas, history, engineering, computer science, economics and medicine, giving examples of where mathematics is used. Expect examples from roman numerals through to logarithms, entropy and password security!