Some feedback and reports from our sessions with schools.
The event was absolutely brilliant, the students really enjoyed the talk "What is Maths?", it was extremely informative, showed students the joys of mathematics and really helped to raise their aspirations. A lot spoke about studying maths at university afterwards!
The students in the first session said that it was very interesting and they liked the maths puzzle challenges. The afternoon was well received also with lots of students excited about hearing about actual research and discoveries. They were talking about when they might see a memristor computer.
There was an amazing amount crammed in to a short time but hopefully students gained just a glimpse of both the scope of Mathematics and the possibilities it opens up... some of them may even choose to study the subject at university as a result of this presentation
'You will be pleased to know that from the pupil evaluations all 35 pupils said that they enjoyed the seminar and 10 students commented that they would be more likely to study Maths at College - a great result!
In response to a request from Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School, members of the Department of Computing & Mathematics School Liaison Team recently presented a Mini Conference to a group of fifty year 11 students who had expressed an interest in Mathematics or Computing.
Martyn Amos, Steve Lynch, Nick Whittaker, final year student, Ian Butler and AIBO the Department’s resident robot dog were welcomed to the event by the Assistant Head Teacher, Gill Spokes. Nick Whittaker started with an ice-breaking quiz and a talk about mobile and internet computing. This was followed by lunch where the group met several members of staff from the school and were able to discuss suggestions for future events. One member of staff was particularly interested in liaising with the Department to see if initiatives could be set up to encourage more female students into computing subjects.
After lunch, Martyn Amos’s ‘Wacky Computing’ talk showed the students that there are more uses for computing than just databases and spreadsheets. This was followed by a talk by final year student, Ian Butler, who is an ex student of the School. He demonstrated aspects of his Final Year Project and talked about ‘Life as a Student’ . Staff then left the room so he could have an ‘adult-free’ question and answer session with the students.
The afternoon concluded with Steve Lynch giving his very popular, ‘Fun with Mathematics’ talk and he was assisted by AIBO the Department’s robot dog. This proved to be a great favourite with the students. Steve was, ‘very impressed with the enthusiasm of the teaching staff at the College’.
Feedback from the students showed that, overall they had enjoyed the event and comments ranged from, “generally, quite interesting and helpful”, “it was pretty good”, “I really enjoyed it”, to “very interesting learnt a lot”.
Gill Spokes felt that, “Everyone got a lot out of the day…” and she was, “…sure relationships can only grow stronger between BRGS and MMU from now on.” Head of Department, Keith Miller said, “I’m pleased the Mini Conference was such a success. It’s important that we get out into the region and show people what can be achieved in HE.”