Summer School 2015: Building with triangles (7–9 year-olds)

10.00am to 12.15pm, Thursday 13 August

Sunley Room

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

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  • Type

    Summer School workshop for 7-9 year-olds
  • Speakers

    • Rufus Roberts


Standard £30

Faraday members £27

Event description

Whether you’re creating a video game or building the Gherkin, triangles are used in creating a lot of the world around us. In this class Rufus Roberts will demonstrate why triangles are so good for building other shapes and how they are used in both nature and engineering. Students will then then have a go at creating our own huge mathematical shapes out spaghetti, marshmallows and newspaper.

This workshop is now SOLD OUT. To be added to the waiting list please go to our Eventbrite page. If you have tickets and can no longer attend, please contact us

About the speaker

Rufus Roberts has a degree in Mathematics. He has been making mathematics fun for the past five years with a mixture of magic and hands–on activities. Now as managing director of Maths Blast Ltd. he and his team take investigative and interactive mathematics into East Midland primary schools as afterschool clubs. Rufus believes that mathematics should be accessible to all and loves getting involved with projects that do that.

Please note

This workshop is strictly for 7-9 year–olds. There will be a short break during the workshop and a drink and a small snack will be provided. Students should bring their own snack if they have any allergies.

Mathematics Summer School workshops are based on Ri Masterclasses. 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.

Financial assistance

The Potential Trust may be able to offer financial assistance to enable children to participate in Ri events and activities if this would otherwise be difficult. Please contact Anna Comino–James on 01844 351666 or email her at

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