Summer Schools: Thinking inside the box (age 7–9)

10.30am to 12.45pm, Tuesday 20 August

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

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  • Credit: Tim Mitchell
  • Type

    Summer Schools
  • Audience

    Age 7–9

  • Speakers

    • Caroline Ainslie


Standard £30

Ri Young Members £25.50

Event description

In this workshop young mathematicians will be exercising their mathematical skills by collaborating, manipulating resources, spotting patterns, making decisions, estimating and building on lessons learned.

And they will be doing all of this using giant, colourful balloons!

Students will join Caroline Ainslie on a perplexing, puzzling, problem solving period of fun challenges, designed to fire up enquiring young minds. 

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.

Caroline is a regular in Maths Week Ireland, Telegraph Festival of Education and many teacher and maths conferences. Caroline is a Guinness World Record holder for the world’s largest balloon 3D fractal and 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.

Discounted tickets are available to Ri Members. Find out more about how to join.

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 (14 calendar days) in advance of the event date. Please note that this supersedes our normal event terms and conditions.


Workshops are on the first floor of our building, for which there is step-free access from the street via lift.

The closest underground station is Green Park, which is step-free.

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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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