Scholar Alumni Celebration Event - Aston University, Saturday 21st January 2017

10:00: Registration and coffee

10:15: Introductions – Sophie Carr, Project Manager IMA

10:30 – 11:30: Louise Allison – Linear programming with Lego
Maths has practical uses in real life! This interactive workshop will show you some of the OR Society’s resources to help students engage with maths in their lives as well as supporting the teaching of decision maths modules. This fast-paced session will let you use some of the available resources and provide you with ideas you will be able to immediately use in school.

11:30 – 12:30: Nira Chamberlin
Having recently been doing some Mathematical Modelling for a Sports Radio Programme, Nira calculated the probability of a certain team getting relegated/ promoted/ making it into the play offs: http://nirachamberlain.com/aston‐villa‐relegation‐and‐the‐random‐walk/ . The workshop will show that in the field of mathematical modelling there are some problems just too complicated for which to build an analytical solution which is when simulation is used.

12:13 – 13:30: Lunch

13:30 – 14:30: Peter Ransom – Praying souls out of purgatory: ratio and proportion in the mathematics classroom
This interactive session will provide you with new ways to consider intriguing problems on ratio and proportion.  Working in pairs you will learn novel ways to check answers;  make an old mathematical instrument based on ratio and geometry and work through enrichment material. You’ll leave with lots of new resources to immediately use in the classroom.

14:30 – 15:30: Steve Lyon –The Amazing world of the interlocking cube
This practical session will investigate how interlocking cubes can be used to enhance understanding in a range of mathematical topics in secondary mathematics. You’ll leave with lots of new ideas and approaches to immediately put into use in the classroom.

15:30 – 15:45: Coffee

15:45 – 16:45: Jenny Gage - Practical Probability
Do you find teaching probability difficult and unintuitive? Then this workshop is designed to show you a different way to do it. We will use a practical experiment to see how a new approach works, focusing on:

  • Starting with an experiment, where students understand the context so can make sensible judgements about the outcomes
  • Working with whole numbers whenever possible, so that students can use their intuition and judgement
  • Comparing what happens in an experiment with what we expect to happen
  • Deriving theory as the end of the process, rather than the starting-point

This approach is suitable for students of all abilities in years 7-11, including in mixed ability classes, and is based on Teaching Probability by David Spiegelhalter and Jenny Gage

16:45 – 17:00: Closing comments