Please note - the programme is provisional and subject to change. For details of venues, visit the venue information page.
Arrival in the evening. Informal gathering for food and drinks in Travelodge Cambridge Central hotel bar.
The following topics will form this year's discussion programme (Friday 30th August, 2-3.30pm).
Sessions marked with * above will include attendee-contributed content, and will be compiled from submissions from conference attendees.
5-minute talks showcasing maths outreach projects and activities. Find out what kind of things people have been doing, and who to talk to if you'd like to get involved.
Showcasing a selection of maths workshops, ranging from hands-on activities to interactive classroom sessions. We'll be running five sessions in parallel for attendees to watch and give feedback on. Our workshop sessions will be:
A selection of low-entry, high-ceiling activities suitable for KS2 up to A-level, including favourites from the past 20 years of NRICH plus a selection of new activities, all free to reproduce and use.
Showcasing hands-on activities developed by the Royal Statistical Society’s Education and Statistical Literacy Committee as a classroom STEM enrichment workshop, which embed learning important statistical concepts within an approachable and interesting context.
"How many tennis balls fit in a Boeing 747?" "How much of your student loan will you really have to pay back?" "What's the lifetime cost of your daily vice?" A quirky and fun introduction to the world of Core Maths.
A workshop aimed at higher primary and lower secondary school pupils, focusing on a strategy game for two players called the "Shannon-Switching game", which is played on a finite graph. The workshop will show the creative and fun side of mathematics, and include ideas from game theory and graph theory.
How can asking a bunch of people inform us about what the whole country thinks? Why is it okay to analyse data on a small number of animals and draw conclusions about the whole species? In this interactive workshop we will answer these questions... using dragons!
In addition to the main conference programme, we have several other auxiliary activities taking place in and around the event.
On Thursday lunchtime, we'll designate a space for a meeting of new maths communicators - people new to the field who would like to meet and get advice from more experienced communicators (of whom we'll invite a few to join you).
On Friday lunchtime, we'll provide space for a gathering of people who run Maths Weeks in the UK/Ireland - including the new Maths Week England, so people can find out what it is and how they can get involved, and Maths Week Scotland.
We're inviting mathematical stalls to come and sell things on a few tables during our lunch breaks. The marketplace will include a stall from Maths Gear with some nerdy maths things, and a book table with a selection of titles. If you're coming to the event and have any maths-related bits and bobs to sell, or you'd like to add your book to our book stall, please contact the organisers.
As with last year's event, we'll have the option for a limited number of people to get their photograph taken for them to use in self-promotion and publicity. This will take place during lunch on Friday, somewhere in or near the INI building. Priority will be given to people who didn't get one last time!
Take the opportunity to clear out some of your old, unwanted maths outreach kit that still has life in it yet - maths toys, props, resources, games and puzzles that you just don't need any more. We'll supply the table, you fill it with things you don't need and take away whatever you want (remembering to share and play nicely). Anything not taken away at the end of the weekend will be donated to a charity shop.