Summer Schools: Exploring shapes (age 7–9)

10.30am to 12.45pm, Tuesday 21 August

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

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  • Exploring the shapes that surround us!

    Credit: Tim Mitchell
  • Type

    Summer Schools
  • Audience

    Age 7–9

  • Speakers

    • Caroline Ainslie


Standard £30

Ri Young Members £25.50

Event description

Why are there only five platonic solids? Where do we find platonic solids in real life? What surprises are there in store for us?

Embark on a journey discovering the five platonic solids and their properties through a series of puzzles and games with Caroline Ainslie.

Students will be creating giant platonic solids out of balloons and other materials which are easily found at home and school.

About the speaker

Founder and CEO of Bubbly Maths Edutainment, Caroline Ainslie graduated as an electronic engineer, as maths had always been her favourite subject in school.

In 2005 Caroline turned her attention full-time to delivering workshops and shows aimed at engaging young learners and teachers in rich mathematical activities by delivering them as fun puzzles and games using giant balloons and soap bubbles.

A regular in Maths Week Ireland, Telegraph Festival of Education and many teacher and maths conferences, Caroline holds the Guinness World Record world’s largest balloon 3D fractal. She also co-hosts the annual attempt at the largest global maths and science lesson.

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

This workshop is based on an Ri Mathematics 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 two weeks (fourteen 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 preferably via telephone on +44 (0)1844 351666, or at their email address

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