Congratulations on getting through Christmas and out the other side! As January reaches its rather podgy middle it’s great to see the Maths community gearing up for another busy year.

Maths has been making it to the news on every conceivable occasion. We’ve had the times tables passionate debate to end 2015 in feisty style. The Daily Telegraph ran an article with the headline’Times Tables Are Not How You Teach Maths.. If you missed the shouting you can read about it here.

On the other hand if you are hoping that a win on the mega lottery draws that have been taking place is down to a little mathematical help, you may be disappointed. The Chicago Tribune suggested maths won’t help you and just enjoy the entertainment.

In other news the first window for Maths Teacher Training Scholarships closes on the 18^{th} January 2016. However a week later the next opportunity will opens so all is not lost if you are planning to train to be a Maths teacher.

Here are the complete list of dates for 2016:

** Round 1: 7 December 2015 to 18 January 2016**

** Round 2: 25 January 2016 to 29 February 2016**

** Round 3: 7 March 2016 to 25 April 2016**

** Round 4: 2 May 2016 to 13 June 2016**

** Round 5: 20 June 2016 to 25 July 2016**

Talking of which we can see just why maths teachers are in such high demand. Looking at all the fantastic developments in data, code, technology and all points between there has never been a better time to teach maths. If you are looking for an exciting and fulfilling career that adds so much to the fabric of contemporary life then train to be a maths teacher.

Mashable came up with a fab article linking burgers to maths in a particularly and rather delightfully nerdy way.

"With 30 gourmet combinations, the possibilities are endless," says a slogan on the burger company’s packaging. Well, this is disproved by good old mathematical calculations.

Allister Haire scribbled down the proof and duly posted it on social media to prove his point. As Mashable says: ‘Surely this is the most complex defence for consumers that we've seen.’ See what you think right here. So don't mess with mathematicians!

We are delighted to be able to invite current and last year’s Scholars to attend an event specifically for you on the 17th February 2016 at the National STEM Centre in York. The day will comprise of two interactive workshops designed to explore a new wealth of resources and materials for use in teaching. Throughout the day there will be opportunities to network with current and previous scholars and lunch will be provided. There is no cost to attend the day, but booking is essential.

What will the workshops cover and what will I gain by attending?:

Each workshop will last around 2.5 hours, with breaks for refreshments and lunch. You’ll learn about the breadth of resources available from the National STEM Centre eLibrary as well how to use the TI nspire CX handhelds with wireless technology in the classroom. You will leave with a CD-ROM full of materials plus a TI nspire CX handheld, courtesy of TI. Full details of the workshops are:

In this workshop, join me on a journey through the National STEM Centre’s eLibrary meeting some old favourites as well as a wealth of new maths resources and stopping off to try some resources yourself. Along the way you will learn how the National STEM centre website can be used to make your own resource packages, what the community area can offer and other support packages available from the Centre. To get the most from the session, pre-register on the site before the event

In this workshop come and meet Isambard Kingdom Brunel and learn how to use the TI nspire CX handhelds with wireless technology in the classroom. You will leave with a CD-ROM full of materials plus a TI nspire CX handheld, courtesy of TI.

The National STEM Centre is located at the University of York, Heslington, YO10 5DD.

If you wish to attend the event please register you attendance at: scholarships@ima.org before the 11th February 2016 noting any dietary requriements. If you subsequently find out you will not be attending, please let us know so that we can offer your place to someone else.

We look forward to hearing from you soon,

Best Wishes

The Scholarship Team

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Have you seen the Big Bang Data exhibition at Somerset House in London. It’s fab and well worth a visit when you are in London.

Back on the radio BBC Radio 4 to be precise is the programme More or Less check it out or listen on catch up. You can explore further by clicking to the open university link pages. There's lots of interesting data and stats to inspire you or your students.

If you would like to feature your event, book, poster, meeting idea or anything in a mathematical vein promoted just let us know by contacting us right here.

Meanwhile, if you know anyone that might benefit from the opportunity to apply for a Maths Teacher Training Scholarship please direct them to our Twitter page @BeaMathsTeacher, our Facebook page or the IMA website

If you are thinking of training to be a Maths teacher in UK primary or secondary schools you should apply for a scholarship. Being selected as a scholar will immediately mark you out as someone that has already demonstrated a love and capacity for Maths teaching. You will stand head and shoulders above other candidates and also have access to some fabulous resources, a £25 000 grant and a community filled with like-minded individuals.

There are a whole host of reasons to become a Maths Scholar so why not register your interest now and adopt a different angle in 2016. Everything you need to know about this year's maths scholarship scheme is here.We look forward to hearing from you. May the square root be with you!

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