Masterclass taster evening

7.00pm to 9.00pm, Thursday 15 November

Conversation Room

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

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  • Testing bridges at an Engineering Masterclass

    Testing bridges at an Engineering Masterclass

    Credit: Tim Mitchell
  • Type

    Talk and workshops
  • Audience

    Attendees must be aged 18 or over

  • Speakers

    • Nikoleta Kalaydzhieva



Event description

Join us to find out more about our national Masterclass programme, where we work with partners all over the UK to deliver series of inspiring interactive mathematics, engineering and computer science workshops for young people.

Nikoleta Kalaydzhieva will give us a taste of Masterclasses in her talk exploring the intriguing world of mathematical shapes, known as topology. You will see how some 3D shapes have only one side and discover what happens when you cut these shapes up. You will also investigate ideas of orientation, what it means for two shapes to be summed up, and even extend your thinking out into the fourth dimension. Scissors, tape and paper will be provided - just bring your sense of curiosity!

During the evening, find out what it’s like to volunteer as a Masterclass helper or workshop leader, try out a variety of Masterclass-style activities and chat to those already involved in the programme.

If you want to share your passion for mathematics, engineering or computer science with young people, or just want to have some fun seeing more of what we do in our education team, then this event is for you. Please note that this event is for those aged 18 and above.

About the speaker

Nikoleta Kalaydzhieva is a PhD student in Number Theory at University College London and is one of the editors of Chalkdust - a magazine for the mathematically curious. She delivers Royal Institution Mathematics Masterclasses for both primary and secondary students across London, as well as helping to run the Year 10 Masterclasses hosted at UCL. Niki wants to show, with her talks and other activities, that there is more to Maths than just algebra and to help end maths phobia. 

Event programme

The doors will open at approximately 6.30pm, with a prompt start at 7.00pm. The event includes:

  • An introduction to the Masterclass programme
  • Keynote talk with Zoe Griffiths
  • Information on the next steps for new volunteers

The talk will be followed by an informal reception from approximately 8.15pm where participants will be able to try out Masterclass-style activities and chat to existing Masterclass volunteers.

Latecomers to the talk will be admitted where possible.

Get involved

The Masterclass team is always keen to welcome new volunteers to our community. The main requirement for our volunteers is an enthusiasm for sharing their love and knowledge of the STEM subjects and the ability to communicate with young people.

You can find out more about our diverse community of volunteers and the different levels of committment in becoming a helper, speaker or organiser.

Find out more about volunteering as a helper in London and our speaker development programme for new Masterclass workshop leaders.

Get in touch via if you are interested in volunteering at a local Masterclass series elsewhere in the UK. Please let us know what level and subject you are interested in and where you are based.

About Ri Masterclasses

The Royal Institution Masterclass programme opens young people’s eyes to the diversity of mathematics, engineering and computer science. All over the UK, keen young people who have been nominated by their teachers attend series of workshops to explore areas of these subjects outside their school experience. Workshops are delivered by talented and enthusiastic professionals from education, academia and teaching, with the students seeing a different speaker each week. The programme aims to allow students to gain a deeper understanding of the wonders and applications of these far-reaching subjects and to continue their interest and engagement into later life. Masterclasses are currently offered nationally in Mathematics at Primary level and in Mathematics, Engineering and Computer Science at Secondary level. 

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