Stories from our Masterclass family, including from new organisers and former students.
Our Masterclasses could not take place across the UK without our very dedicated family of organisers, helpers and speakers. We are incredibly grateful for all that all of you do, big and small, to make the Masterclasses happen. We are constantly delighted by the levels of commitment and dedication of the people that we work with and how much of a difference they make to the students who are involved. We would also like to thank the young people who give up their time to attend Masterclasses; at every series we visit, we meet a group of incredibly enthusiastic and dedicated young people.
We have several new Masterclass series taking place this year with our new partners, University College London. As well as a Year 10 and Year 11 Mathematics Masterclass series, funded by The Worshipful Company of Actuaries Charitable Trust, we have new series in Computer Science and Engineering. Elpida Makrygianni, Engineering Education Developer & Co-ordinator at UCL, is our local organiser for these two series. Read about her experience.
In Exeter, we have new host for a long-running and popular series of Secondary Mathematics Masterclasses. The series, which has previously been hosted by the University of Exeter, has moved home in 2015 to the new Exeter Mathematics School. Kerry Burnham, Headteacher of Exeter Mathematics School, and her staff have worked closely with the University to continue running the Masterclasses in the area. Read more about their successful start.
In the last academic year we saw a new Primary Mathematics Masterclass series start at Howes Primary School in Coventry. This year they have extended this to three series – one for Year 5 pupils which ran last term, a new Year 2 series which is currently in progress, and another series which will run in the summer term for a different year-group. The school were also successful in receiving a STEM Directories E&E grant which enabled them to offer mathematics activities from the 7puzzle company to children from primary and secondary schools in their local cluster, as well as teacher activities during an evening Mathematics TeachMeet and a parent session. Rebecca Bowlands, Deputy Headteacher, tells us more.
In addition to our fantastic Masterclass volunteers, our current and former Masterclass students have been getting involved in promoting mathematics to their fellow classmates.
Coral Dalitz, who attended the Year 9 Oxfordshire Mathematics Masterclasses, organised a special event to allow Year 11 students at her and other local schools find out more about mathematics at University and beyond. She tells us all about why this is important to her in this special blog post (coming soon).
Lorna Bo, who is currently attending Year 10 Masterclasses at UCL, wrote an article for her local newspaper about the importance of finding out more about how mathematics affects our everyday lives. Read all about her experience.