Inspirational Mathematics Workshop delivered by the Further Mathematics Support Programme

Dr Jeff Giansiracusa delivered a fascinating Mathematics workshop to pupils from Cwrt Sart Community School, Briton Ferry.

Maths WorkshopThe workshop, which was developed and delivered by Further Mathematics Support Programme, was entitled “The 4th Dimension and beyond” gave the pupils the opportunity to see another side to mathematics and they enjoyed working through a number of concepts. The aim of the workshop was to explore various ways of thinking about extra dimensions using geometry, games and numbers to create a sense of excitement about the topic and give the pupils an insight into University study. The workshop was part of the Institute of Physics Schools Christmas lectures held at Swansea University. Attendance was coordinated by the Reaching Wider team who work with Communities First schools and colleges from Port Talbot to Pembrokeshire aiming to inspire and motivate students.

The Further Mathematics Support Programme (FMSP)and Wales Institute of Mathematical and Computer Science (WIMICS) will be hosting a series of events in January and February aimed at inspiring and exciting pupils in Years 9 – 12. These include the ever popular Mathematics Masterclasses, a series of 6 day-long workshops. The events always attract a lot of interest and will be attended by over 100 pupils from 19 schools and colleges.

The beginning of 2014 sees the return of the Annual Conference, this year entitled; “Let Maths Take you Further”, being held at Cardiff and Swansea aimed at bridging the gap between school and university, demonstrating the need for mathematical skills and demonstrating how maths is essential for all STEM related subjects. Also being held in January is a series of revision workshops for further maths A-level students.

Further Mathematics Support Programme (FMSP) Wales is a Welsh Government funded initiative. It is managed by the Wales Institute of Mathematical and Computational Sciences (WIMCS), a collaborative partnership of the universities of Aberystwyth, Bangor, Cardiff, Glamorgan and Swansea, and is supported by Mathematics in Education and Industry (MEI).