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Competitions, events for parents, puzzle rooms, workshops, speakers, classroom activities, outdoor games and trips are just some of the ways your school can take part in Maths Week Scotland.

At National Museums Scotland we will be running a series of school workshops and self led activities across our sites.

This year Science Centres are getting in on the Maths Week Scotland action.

  • Dundee Science Festival 2019 is kicking off on 5th October with a weekend of engineering and mechanics. Now in its 10th year, Dundee Science Festival will be looking at the interesting underlying maths involved in some great inventions.
  • At Dynamic Earth you will be able to explore the story of our universe with a self-guided maths themed trail.
  • In Aberdeen a range of workshops will look at maths across the curriculum. You will also be able to turn your hand to maths puzzles and games throughout the day, as well as maths craft activities.
  • At the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh teachers can get hands on with maths in nature at CPD sessions in the run-up to Maths Week whilst pupils will put their maths skills to the test in a special geocaching challenge.

If you prefer your home comforts, there are plenty of ways to bring Maths Week Scotland into your school.

Here is what just a few schools got up to in 2018. If you have something to share, let us know!

The event encouraged teachers from across the curriculum to show links from the event in their lessons.

Angus Schools

Secondary schools in Angus all got to experience a real enigma machine with a visit from the Bletchley Park Team. They got hands on with cracking codes, and inspired by stories of the role of mathematicians in the Second World War.

Mr Peter Todd organised the week of workshops and talks with all secondary schools in the area, with funding from the Scottish Government and the Edinburgh Mathematical Society.

Mr Todd said ‘The impact from the visit has been huge. Every time Thomas went to a school there was a queue of teachers waiting to see the Enigma machine. How often do students get to see teachers genuinely enthused and interested about something in the school? I think the event had a massive impact on student interest in Mathematics and in particular codebreaking.

North Rhins Partnership Schools

Maths Week Scotland had a different theme each day in these schools, with Maths in Art and Maths in ICT kicking off the week!

It wasn’t just for the pupils though. Parents got messy baking treats midweek, using maths to measure and weight their way to Rocky Road success. The week ended with Maths Outside and cross-year group challenges using natural materials and shapes in nature.

Pupils really enjoyed finding maths everywhere and great fun exploring maths.

Small Grants Fund

Apply for funds to run activities in your school, transport your pupils to a Maths Day Out or anything else you need to help make your Maths Week Scotland a success.

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