Last week a group of Year 10 mathematicians travelled to the Mathematical Institute in Oxford.
The purpose of the event is to inspire female students to continue studying Maths, spending the day learning about and engaging in all things Maths! Here are the thoughts of just two of the students who attended:
Our trip to Oxford for getting inspired about Maths was very interesting and impressive, as different speakers talked about different aspects about Maths, for example, the relationship between Maths and a chocolate fountain and how to guess the percentage of rubbish in the ocean.
One of my favourite parts was about sport—the speaker talked about which areas are statistically likely to be the most successful from which to score a goal—an d we got to put this into practice too! This trip showed me Maths is always around me and full of mysteries for me to explore.
I really enjoyed the trip to “It All Adds Up” as it allowed me to learn more about what is involved in studying Maths at a higher level and understand more about the different mathematical careers that are available.
My favourite lecture was one by the Professor of Statistics at Oxford University, Jennifer Rodgers. She taught us about how statistics are used in everyday life and their importance, especially in the digital age in which we live today. This allowed me to see “real world”
applications of the Maths that I am just beginning to learn about in the classroom.
Thank you to Mrs Cubbon and the Maths Department for organising the day which was both fun and informative!
I have always had a strong interest in Maths and enjoyed learning it at school and outside the classroom, but was never very confident about doing it later on in life at university. The experience of seeing the Maths Institute of Oxford University was definitely memorable and speaking to a couple of students studying Maths there really encouraged me to continue the subject for as long as possible.
Going on this trip really changed the way I approached the subject because it made me realise not only the importance but also the enjoyment I could get out of it. I had never realised that anything and everything you do can be seen as a maths problem and there can always be new, exciting things to discover.
I found it great that I could use maths to understand aspects of everyday common hobbies. A mixture of listening to engaging lecturers and trying to tackle challenging maths problems made the day really special for us all.