Find out how to become a Masterclass speaker.
Royal Institution Masterclasses give young people a chance to engage with the wider STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) landscape through working with enthusiastic, talented workshop leaders to explore ideas and applications of mathematics, engineering and computer science they do not meet within the usual school curriculm.
Speakers are chosen for their ability to share their insight and enthusiasm as well as their subject knowledge. Each speaker develops a class based on their own area of interest within mathematics, engineering or computer science. The Ri Masterclass team supports new speakers in developing a Masterclass which includes theoretical depth and hands-on activities, with a focus on the students exploring the topic themselves.
At school I had always enjoyed the sciences, but it wasn’t until I was studying physics at a higher level that I came to fully appreciate the importance and beauty of maths...
Yr 9 Engineering Presenter
...I believe it is vital to help children to recognise the relevance of maths early in their school careers so they can appreciate it and discover the wealth of exciting opportunities that flow from studying it.
Yr 9 Engineering Presenter
For a long time maths held no interest for me whatsoever; when I went to my first Masterclass it really did change everything...
Mathematics Masterclass speaker
...I had never realised before that Maths involved ideas and imagination - Maths has pretty much dominated my academic life since!
Mathematics masterclass speaker
All new Masterclass speakers should visit a local group to see a Masterclass in action before delivering their own session. Please get in touch with the Ri Masterclass team to arrange this.
A good first step for potential Masterclass speakers is to volunteer as a helper for several sessions in your local series. This gives you the chance to see a few different Masterclass speakers' content and delivery styles, as well as experience working with the students and an insight into the typical level of the class and students' exisiting knowledge.
The Masterclass ideas in our resources section can also give a sense of the sorts of activities you might wish to include in your own session. For some insights into conveying the importance of mathematics, you can watch Professor Sir Christopher Zeeman talking about how to engage young people with mathematical proofs. His 1978 CHRISTMAS LECTURES were the inspiration for the Ri Mathematics Masterclasses programme.
The Masterclass team is piloting a Speaker Training Programme in London to help new volunteers develop both workshop content and communication skills. Find out more here.
If you are not based within reach of London and wish to find out more about becoming a workshop leader at a local Masterclass series please email firstname.lastname@example.org, stating the subject and level you are interested in and where you are based.
Ri Masterclasses run in mathematics at primary level (usually Years 5 or 6, ages 9-11) and in mathematics, engineering and computer science at secondary level (usually Year 9, ages 13-14, though this varies for some mathematics series).
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