Helen Lidbury tells us how students in Exeter have given presentations on their masterclass topics as part of their final masterclass, the benefits, and tips on implementing this in your own series.
The University of Exeter hosts an annual Maths Masterclass series in the spring term for Year 9 students. In recent years, highlights of the Saturday morning workshops have included Games Mathematicians Play, Juggling: Theory and Practice, Excel in your Mathematics, From Flowers to Fine Art; the story of a remarkable number and How Round is Your Circle?
In an exciting twist to last year's series, the masterclass students hosted an end of series Presentation Reception for their families and friends to showcase the mathematics they had discovered during the series. Students worked in small groups, each preparing a 5 minute presentation on one of the topics covered during the series.
Early in the series, University of Exeter Student Ambassadors delivered a short Presentation Skills workshop to give the students tips and support. Styles and approaches varied with students using PowerPoint, chalk boards, desktop visualisers, props, film and photography and overhead projectors to deliver their presentations.
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We are looking forward to more fantastic presentations at this year's series which in running throughout the forthcoming spring term.
If you would like any more details on this or on the Exeter masterclasses, please get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org.
The classes were inspirational and made me feel more confident
It has been great and very informative