Maths Week Scotland

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Monday September 11, 2017 Sunday September 17, 2017 Europe/London Maths Week Scotland Scotland 2017 is the inaugural year of Maths Week Scotland, taking place from 11 – 17 September, and will be celebrated […] Event Link: https://ima.org.uk/7163/maths-week-scotland/

Maths Week Scotland


2017 is the inaugural year of Maths Week Scotland, taking place from 11 – 17 September, and will be celebrated with a wide range of activities by schools, colleges and universities across Scotland.

We’ve sent the team at the University of St Andrews various flyers and posters for students and teachers attending their events, as well as some of our famous “I love maths” pinbadges!

Keep an eye on social media to see the entries to the challenge set to Glasgow’s students: compete for a daily £100 prize by sharing photographs with a mathematical theme on social media, using #glasgowmathsweek.  The themes are Maths in Art (Monday), Maths in Sport (Tuesday), Maths outside (Wednesday), Maths with our Family (Thursday), and Maths through books / literature (Friday).

See below for a selection of events taking place during Maths Week Scotland that are open to the public, or see the Making Maths Count blog for a full schedule of what’s on.

Monday 11 September

Glasgow Professor Adam McBride (University of Strathclyde) will deliver a CPD event for teachers, Maths is Best, at Glasgow Science Centre.  It’s free but attendees must register in advance.

St Andrews Head to the Hamish the Cat statue on Logies Lane for maths busking, with fun puzzles and tricks between 2:00-3:00pm on Monday and Tuesday.

Tuesday 12 September

Paisley Professor Adam McBride will repeat his Maths is Best talk at the University of the West of Scotland’s Paisley campus.  Attendees should register in advance and bring along a pencil and paper.

Wednesday 13 September

Edinburgh The University of Edinburgh’s School of Education are running a free practical session, to provide insight on what Digimaps for Schools can offer practitioners working with primary and early secondary pupils.  There are two sessions: one on Wednesday afternoon and another on Thursday morning.

St Andrews A busy day for the University of St. Andrews, as well as running a session on ‘Statistics and Sea Monsters’ for students at Madras College, they are holding two events for the public.

  • Special Collections Show and Tell – Celebrating Maths at St Andrews, Napier Reading Room, Martyrs Kirk, 2:00-3:30pm.  Go along to the New Park Seminar Room in Martyrs Kirk to see some highlights of the University’s mathematical manuscripts and rare books from Euclid to Mary Somerville.
  • History of Mathematics Town Walk, Meet at St Mary’s College, St Andrews at 3:45pm.  The streets of St Andrews have seen many exciting discoveries and inventions over the years; join the School of Mathematics and Statistics for a walk through the many sites of historical and scientific interest in St Andrews.  Duration: approximately 2 hours.

Thursday 14 September

Dundee Join three lecturers from the Division of Mathematics at the University of Dundee for a talk focused on the complex ways that mathematics links swarms of animals, networks and aurorae.  Attendees should register in advance for this free lecture.

Friday 15 September

Glasgow Meterologist Heather Reid will deliver a talk on “Maths, the Weather and Me!”, which will be followed by a drinks reception and the opportunity to see the University’s new Mathematics and Statistics building.  Attendees should register in advance for this free lecture.

Saturday 16 September

Dundee Researchers from Abertay, Dundee and St Andrews Universities will be at the Dundee Science Centre running activities between 12:00-4:00pm.

Edinburgh The Edinburgh Maths Circle will be in the University’s James Clerk Maxwell building from 1:00-4:00pm; welcoming families to join in with maths themed puzzles and games, and refreshments.

Stirling Two lecturers will ‘Think of a Number‘, discussing their favourite numbers, what’s so special about them and why they find them interesting.  This talk is free to attend and booking isn’t required.

Image credit: Aurora Borealis by Zoe / FlickrCC BY-NC-ND 2.0
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