Following on from the success of “Maths in the Sticks” last year, Maths in the Sticks 2 (#mathsticks) is now open for registration on Eventbrite. Please, however, read the important information below regarding the event.
Programme for the Day
Here is an outline for the day:
This year’s opening speaker is Dr Dave Wood (@dave2809) from the University of Warwick. Dave is the director of undergraduate studies and a principal teaching fellow. As part of his research, he participates in the annual ‘European Study Groups with Industry’ and he will be sharing his experiences of mathematical modelling to solve industrial problems.
Hannah Lees (@LorHRL) and Rob Beckett (@RBeckett_Yd) are Underground Mathematics Champions and they will be giving us a hands-on look at their favourite resources from the Underground Mathematics website, with a focus on modelling and problem-solving.
The morning will be wrapped up with a session by Dan Whitehouse (@DanMWhitehouse), head of our Maths department here at Hurtwood House. Dan will be looking at possible approaches to planning as we prepare for teaching the new specifications in September.
After lunch, our focus moves to Statistics as Jane Annets, a trainer from Casio, will present a session describing the functionality of the forthcoming ‘Classwiz’ calculator and giving us a hands-on experience with graphics calculators so that we can evaluate the potential of these technologies.
After coffee, the rest of the afternoon has been set aside for some collaborative planning time. You might like to continue investigating potential resources and the approaches to planning that were discussed during the morning. Of course, there is also the opportunity to network with colleagues from other schools, share ideas and make new contacts which will be invaluable as we all begin the new syllabus later in the year!
I have blogged before how CPD really shouldn’t be about the food, but hosting this event on a Sunday was a deliberate decision. Our school serves a roast lunch buffet-style, along with a salad bar. I should be able to get a bottle or two of wine open, too!
The event will take place at my school, Hurtwood House. Our postcode is RH5 6NU and, as you will see from Google Maps, we are in quite a remote location in the beautiful Surrey hills. Direct access to the school is only possible by car and, where possible, I would encourage people to drive and/or car share. However, so as not to exclude anyone, I can arrange for a minibus pick-up from Guildford train station at 9am. There is a box on the registration form where you can indicate if you would like this service. (Please check that suitable trains run on a Sunday for you to make it to Guildford before 9!) Of course, there will be a return minibus, departing Hurtwood House around 4pm at the end of the day.
Please also bear in mind that there is a flight of outdoor steps between the room we are using and the canteen. If you are keen to attend but are concerned about accessibility, then please contact me directly and we can see what arrangements might be possible.
Registration for this event uses Eventbrite and that will ‘go live’ on Monday 30th January.
Places are limited to 36 but, if I have figured out Eventbrite correctly, we should be able to keep a waiting list in case people need to drop out. This is a free event, with places allocated on a first come, first served basis.
If you have any questions at all, then please contact me either through Twitter or using my school email: