Monday the 2nd of July saw the chance for some of our Year 10 Maths students to attend a day targeted at those thinking of studying Maths and possibly Further Maths at A-level.
The all-day event was held at the University of Oxford’s Mathematical Institute and consisted of a series of talks and activities that shared a glimpse of what our students could expect when studying at A-level, and why it was relevant to the real world.
The first session of the day discussed graph theory, and students were amazed at how this simple principle is used in deciding how gritting trucks move through the streets to grit our roads during the winter, or how it governs the routes that postal workers take to minimise distances travelled.
The final morning talk looked at the uses of complex and imaginary numbers, something covered in Further Maths and with plenty of real-world application. Our students remarked at just how amazing it was to see that complex numbers could be used in video games, enhancing movies, and CGI.
The afternoon sessions kicked off with a fascinating guest lecture on the centre of masses and balancing. Students from the different schools had a chance to volunteer and take part. The grand finale of the talk saw a student balanced upon only a small block due to an accurate calculation of their centre of mass.
To round off the day, students completed problem-solving tasks in the incredibly fast-paced and action-packed “Dragon Game”. Small teams of four competed to finish problems and extend their “Dragon”, having to race around the room with answers.
Overall the day was a fantastic success, and all who attended commented on how useful the day had been in helping them make informed decisions for their selection of A level subjects.