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Maths Week Events


We’re so pleased with how people and partner organisations have responded to the opportunity of the first Maths Week Scotland.  Here are some of the events that are happening, with links to how to access them where relevant.  We’ll update the events list and any new links regularly.  Please contact us at mathsweek@gov.scot if you’d like to promote your event or know more about the ones featured.

Sumdog will be running a competition for schools over the period 8-14 September (with trophy and prizes). http://www.sumdog.com/en/Scotland_Contest/

Mangahigh will be running competition for schools 11-17 September (with medals and prizes) - http://competition.mangahigh.com/scotland

Maths teacher at Grange Academy, Kilmarnock and member of the Scottish Mathematical Council, Chris Smith, has devised a Scottish version of maths competition Mathématiques sans Frontières called Maths wi nae Borders for sharing across schools - http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Education/Schools/curriculum/MakingMathsCountScotland/MathsWeekScotland/mwb

Stirling University are holding a free lecture  for high school pupils and others on Saturday 16 September, “Think of a Number”, register at http://www.stir.ac.uk/events/calendarofevents/2017/september/thinkofanumber/

Digimap for Schools and Scotland's Census session for teachers on 13 and 14 September.  Register at - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/maths-week-scotland-digimap-for-schools-and-scotlands-census-tickets-37191084535?utm_term=eventurl_text

Events happening at St Andrews University

Maths Busking!

Monday 11th September and Tuesday 12th September, 2pm-4pm

Logies Lane at Hamish the Cat statue, St Andrews

Join the busking team for some fun maths puzzles and tricks.

Special Collections Show and Tell - Celebrating Maths at St Andrews

Wednesday 13th September, 2pm-3:30pm, Napier Reading Room, Martyrs Kirk

Come along to the New Park Seminar Room in Martyrs Kirk to see some highlights of the University's mathematical manuscripts and rare books from Euclid to Mary Somerville. Part of Maths Week Scotland.

History of Mathematics Town Walk

Wednesday 13th September, 3:45pm, Meet at St Mary's College, St Andrews

The University of St Andrews has been home to many great scientists and mathematicians over the years, and these streets have seen many exciting discoveries and inventions. Join the School of Mathematics and Statistics for a walk through the sites of historical and scientific interest in St Andrews. The walk will take approximately two hours.

Statistics and Sea Monsters

Wednesday 13th September, Madras College, St Andrews

This event is only open to pupils at the School

Dr Charles Paxton, a statistician at the University of St Andrews, will give two talks to pupils on his research. What can the statistics of sea monster reports tell us about the chance of finding undiscovered animals?

The University of Glasgow School of Mathematics and Statistics are holding an event for Maths Week Scotland for secondary students S3-6 with a passion for mathematics.  The event will take place in the Graham Kerr Lecture Theatre (Room 224) of the Mathematics and Statistics building from 10am to 12noon on Thursday 14 September.

Talk 1 (10:15am): Liberty Vittert: How to win the lottery and get away with murder

Talk 2 (11:00am): Mike Whittaker: Fun with fractals

There is limited capacity of 90 people in the lecture theatre, so please email Mike.Whittaker@glasgow.ac.uk early if you are interested in attending.

Strathclyde University are working with a range of local schools on amazing maths activities:

Monday 11 September – Williamwood High School – Study and Careers. The Strathclyde University Strath Science Scouts are presenting to Higher and Advanced Higher pupils on studying maths and the opportunities for careers, in collaboration with Professor Adam McBride.

Tuesday 12 September  – The Strath Science Scouts are running an interactive workshop for Higher pupils on the Mathematics of Infectious Diseases.  Pupils from 6 local authorities will attend this as part of a Mini Maths Conference being run by the Mathematics Department.

Friday 15 September – Science Murder Mystery. The Strath Science Scouts are running an interactive workshop for P7 pupils from Aileymill Primary School in Greenock. Pupils will solve mathematical and chemistry clues to solve the murder of a well-known celebrity.

Professor Adam McBride will deliver an interactive lecture for primary school teachers on numeracy and mathematics at Glasgow Science Centre on 11 September – register here - http://www.glasgowsciencecentre.org/education/maths-is-best.html

Hustlers Need to Know their Numbers - Thursday 14th September, 12.30–1.30pm, Edinburgh Napier University

Understanding basic business maths is the key to survival and success. A cashflow tells the story of how your business works. Knowing how to add, subtract, multiply, divide, round and use percentages and fractions is the minimum you need to price your product and meet your budget. Without knowing your numbers you can’t pitch or negotiate on behalf of your business.

Nick Fannin from Bright Red Triangle at Edinburgh Napier University will explore some of the ways that maths can help you tell the story of your business!


Visit Dundee Science Centre on 16 September to meet researchers from the Universities of Abertay, Dundee, and St Andrews to discover how maths can be used to understand the world around us.  There will be a range of hands-on activities and experiments.  Hear how maths is being used to generate realistic images in computer games, to understand how the Sun works or how small cells control processes in a human body, and find out why Chaos affects all our lives .

The University of Dundee will deliver an evening lecture on Thursday 14 September 2017, Complex worlds: mathematicians' views of animal swarms, social networks, solar flares and auroras withthree professional mathematicians explaining their love for mathematics and showcasing its power to understand the complex world around us, from biology, via the internet, to predicting eruptions on the Sun and the Northern Lights.  Register at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/complex-worlds-mathematicians-views-of-swarms-networks-and-auroras-tickets-37311337214

Heriot-Watt University are hosting an entertaining afternoon of maths activities on Wednesday 13 September 2017!  Everyone from P7 to S6 is invited to engage in these exciting master classes - https://www.hw.ac.uk/schools/mathematical-computer-sciences/maths-week-scotland.htm

The International Centre for Mathematical Sciences will host an evening lecture on Mary Somerville on 14 September http://www.icms.org.uk/activities/pe2017 Registration - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mary-somerville-and-the-secrets-of-the-universe-tickets-37246256556?mc_eid=7a3a8a80c9&mc_cid=654d559d69

The University of Glasgow are running maths activities in Kelvingrove Park with pupils from Hillhead Primary.

The University of Glasgow will open their new Maths Department building with a range of celebrations including "Maths, Meteorolgy and Me!" A Public Lecture by Heather Reid on Friday 15 September - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/maths-the-weather-and-me-a-public-lecture-by-heather-reid-tickets-37334672009?utm_term=eventurl_text

The National Museum of Scotland will run their Superhero Science show for schools with a focus on maths aimed at primaries 2-7.  Details are here - http://www.nms.ac.uk/about-us/schools-programme/workshops/workshops-for-p2-p7-pupils/superhero-science-show/

Sumdog are holding a parliamentary reception to close their competition for schools joined by the Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills (14 September) and a panel discussion on numeracy, maths and digital education.

The UK Mathematics Trust will deliver Mathematical Circles sessions hosted by the University of Strathclyde for young people aged 14-15 at local schools. The sessions promote mathematical thinking and provide an opportunity for participants to meet other students who enjoy mathematics.  Over 2 consecutive days, students will take part in demanding and stimulating sessions led by experienced mathematics communicators (11 and 12 September).  https://www.ukmt.org.uk/outreach/mathematical-circles/

Queen Margaret University have devised a programme over 3 days with their Children's University programme inviting 20 P5-P7 pupils from partner schools in East and Midlothian to take part.  Week 1 will fall on the Friday of Maths Week. There will also be football-based maths activities for girls and boys (15 September).

The University of West of Scotland are running sessions with P7 kids in Ayr pairing them with their 4th yr BA Primary Teaching undergrads on 15 September, and are hosting a maths lecture “Maths is Best” from Professor Adam McBride on the evening of 12 September at their Paisley campus.  Register here - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/maths-is-best-tickets-37095923907

Edinburgh University are running a day for local schools featuring maths puzzles for different age groups in the city centre on Tuesday 12 September; and they will run their MathsCircle for children and families on Saturday 16 September - http://www.maths.ed.ac.uk/school-of-mathematics/outreach/maths-circle

TechFest in Aberdeen will run a Making Maths Count-sponsored series of maths activities at their family weekend on 26-27 August, as well as maths features throughout their public events programme which coincides with Maths Week Scotland.  http://www.techfestsetpoint.org.uk/index.php/festival/public