Summer School: Mathematical puzzles and problem solving

10.00am - 4.00pm, Friday 22 August


The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London

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  • Type

    Summer School workshop for 16-18 year-olds
  • Speakers

    • Dr Katie Steckles


Standard £50

Faraday members £45

Event description

One of the main skills you develop when you do mathematics is the ability to solve problems - from solving simple puzzles to getting your head around crazy concepts. Katie Steckles will introduce students to a range of puzzles to solve, including some famous problems mathematicians are still stuck on! They will use their problem-solving skills to work out how to build mathematical curiosities, mind-bending fractals and some fascinating paper toys to play with.

About the speaker

Katie Steckles is a mathematician based in Manchester who gives talks and workshops on different areas of mathematics. She finished her PhD in 2011, and since then has talked about mathematics in schools, at science festivals, at music festivals, as part of theatre shows and on the internet. She enjoys doing puzzles, solving the Rubik's cube and baking things shaped like mathematics.

Please note

This workshop is strictly for 16-18 year-olds and will include a 45 minute unsupervised lunch break. Students should bring lunch and a drink, pens, pencils and a calculator.

This workshop is based on an Ri Masterclass. Students who have attended a Masterclass series which included a session on a similar topic may have already seen some of the content in this workshop. Please contact us on with any questions.

Refunds can only be issued for tickets cancelled at least one week (seven calendar days) in advance of the event date. Please note that this supersedes our normal event terms and conditions.

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