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Women in Mathematics

posted 6 Mar 2015, 01:37 by Phil Broughton   [ updated 7 Mar 2015, 23:08 ]
Trip report by Sophy (Year 10)

Conference venue: The Royal Institution of Great Britain
On Thursday 26 February, nine Year 10 girls and two keen teachers attended a women in mathematics event at the Royal Institution. The event was based on celebrating women's achievements in maths to escape the thought that only male mathematicians have been successful. Also, it helped us students to understand how maths is used in everyday lives.

The event featured talks from inspiring women who worked/had worked at, for example,  UCL and British Airways. With lectures about things like chocolate fountains and holidays it kept us hooked and when we learned how maths is used in crime it supported my previous knowledge that I'd make a terrible criminal as I'd easily be tracked down using maths! With two maths quizzes in between we were entertained throughout and used our maths skills to figure out challenging puzzles as a team. As the day ended with a talk from Countdown's Rachel Riley, I saw how useful the event was in allowing us to think about pursuing maths at A-level or university.

I have definitely been persuaded and have already looked at studying further maths at RPA and careers like operational research that are unique on the job market but use a handy maths degree.