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Maths on Screen DVDs are now selling in over 25 countries and we continue to get great reviews from all over the world. We've added several of these to our testimonials page
The writer and puzzle master Martin Gardner, who died in 2010, was once said to have turned dozens of innocent youngsters into maths professors - and thousands of maths professors into innocent youngsters. Maths writer Colm Mulcahy looks back at the amazing career of a man who would have been 100 this week. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-29688355
We've added a couple of testimonials from the USA and Australia to our reviews page.
We're always looking to encourage more girls to study maths and to pursue it at college or in their future careers, so it was good to see an article by Hannah Devlin in a recent issue of the Times. It was all about the different ways in which we view boys and girls when it comes to doing, and being good at, maths. Did you know that 40% of maths undergraduates in the UK are women, but only 6% of maths professors? That and much other food for thought can be found at http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/columnists/article4176879.ece
Over 1,800 students and teachers attended the five live Maths Inspiration "What's the Point?" shows last week at the Greenwood Theatre in London. They were treated to some great live maths cunningly wrapped up in presentations that featured everything from football penalty technology to how to locate a serial killer. Along the way we had Dr Hannah Fry pretending to be a pigeon in a computer game she designed, Paul Shepherd showing how to build football stadiums that don't fall down, Roma Agrawal revealing triangles are the secret behind the Shard, Rob Eastaway demonstrating the power of group co-operation by offering to give away £100 to pupils, and Matt Parker hosting all the shows with great aplomb.
Thanks to all who came and we hope to see you at the next shows. For those who couldn't make it, or who would like the chance to enjoy previous live shows or use them in the classroom, many of the speakers are featured on our DVDs
Here are just a few of the dozens of positive comments we received from teachers:
"Great! Kids need more of this: seeing the real life application of what they learn in schools."
Quintin Kynaston School
"Great Experience, students will take a lot back to the classroom."
"Well organised, engaging speakers, excellent links to real life."
"Thought the speakers were very engaging, and the students enjoyed it. Well Done!"
Thanks again to all who attended, and particular thanks to Trudy Lewis for organising the bookings so well.
A 2013 study showed that students who take A level maths will earn on average 13% more at age 30 than students who don't. There's also evidence to show that taking other STEM subjects could increase it still further.
There are more details in this Institute for Fiscal Studies paper from 2013, complied by Martin O'Connell. Also some fearsome equations to show just how much more you might earn if you also study science or computing at A level. (But be warned: you might need to already have a Maths A level to be able to interpret them...)
The government has announced that up to 5,000 pupils will take the new "core maths" qualification when it's introduced in September, featuring lessons in how to understand financial investments and analyse trends. The numbers are expected to rise to up to 200,000 pupils in the next few years.
Making maths more relevant to everyday life is of course at the heart of what we do at Maths on Screen, so we certainly welcome this initiative. We also have a few plans of our own in this area - watch this space!
Fran Watson gave us a nice review on the Plus website recently. Thanks Fran! Here's an extract: "Maths Inspiration does what it says on the tin and the option to access this in your school will be an inspiration to all viewers, whether it is to see a live show, follow up some of the presenters or decide that maths is fascinating both recreationally and as a career option."
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