Getting Mathematics undergraduates into schools!
Year 10 Masterclasses
For more information please contact Dr Frank Neumann. Information for the 2014 Year 10 Masterclasses will be advertised here in due course.
Year 8 and 9 Masterclasses
Leicester's Mathematics undergraduates are involved in the Undergraduate Ambassadors Scheme (UAS) and the Student Associates Scheme, whereby students are placed in schools and inspire and encourage students there. UAS is incorporated into the module MA3511 Communicating Mathematics and as such may be chosen as part of the Mathematics degree course.
If you are a mathematics teacher in Leicester or Leicestershire and would like to get involved with either UAS or the Student Associate Scheme then please contact Dr Frank Neumann.
Further to the success of last year's event we are currently planning the G-Stem Year 12 Conference 2013/14: for further information or to register your interest please contact Dr Frank Neumann
G-STEM Year 12 Conference 2013
G-STEM 2013 took place in June 2013 on the University of Leicester campus. The maths programme included activities and talks on the topology of shapes and the maths behind Rubik's Cube. More info here.
National Science and Engineering Week 2013: A series of events were held during March at the University, open to all school age pupils. Watch this space for information about 2014!
Royal Institution Year 8 and 9 Masterclasses 2013
These took place on six Saturdays in February and March at the University of Leicester and at the National Space Centre. These are organised together with the Royal Institution and the National Space Centre.
The UK Open 2012 Speedcubing championship took place on the weekend of the 3rd and 4th of November 2013 at the O2 Academy situated in the University of Leicester Students' Union. Speedcubing is the activity of solving Rubik's cube or a related puzzle as quickly as possible. There are also other events such as blindfolded, one-handed and larger puzzles such as the 5x5x5 cube. The event will consist of the biggest official Speedcubing competition in the UK to date - with 93 competitors from 9 different countries. An impressive line-up of Mathematical activities throughout the weekend, sponsored by the Department of Mathematics, was open to the public.
On both days, academics from the Department of Mathematics were available for visitors to talk about mathematics at Leicester, careers in mathematics, and various interesting applications of Mathematics, from game theory to juggling. You can also try your hand at the four recreational mathematical problems written especially for the event, with prizes available for solutions.
During lunch on Saturday the renowned Professor David Singmaster talked about Mathematics & Rubik's cube. David is most famous for his solution to Rubik's cube which he published in 1981; and his conjecture that there is a finite upper bound on the number of times a number other than 1 can appear in Pascal's Triangle, which remains unproven. You can read David's wikipedia entry here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Singmaster.
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