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Mathematics in Engineering

Created on 17 August 2010 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 25 September 2013 by ncetm_administrator

Mathematics in Engineering

This microsite has been developed in partnership with the Further Mathematics Support Programme (FMSP) and aims to support teachers of mathematics working with learners in Engineering. The case studies and activities on this site are the outcome of a project funded by the FMSP to research the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) needs of those teaching mathematics as part of the diploma, to develop resources to meet these needs and to showcase resources developed by teachers.

Teachers, when asked to describe what they felt their needs were, identified the following:

  • how to teach “hard” topics in mathematics to engineering students
  • how to contextualise the mathematics to engage and motivate learners
  • how to tease out the mathematics present in engineering topics
  • how to collaborate effectively with colleagues, for example, mathematics teachers and engineering teachers working together to share expertise.

In addition to these, many teachers felt they needed access to more resources for teaching mathematics within engineering.

Many of the resources on this site were developed by teachers of mathematics and engineering as part of their own CPD.

We would welcome comments about this microsite and the CPD and learner activities on it – perhaps you tried one of the activities with colleagues or a group of learners, or would like to share a resource you have used successfully. You can write your comments below or share resources in the Engineering Diploma folder in the Documents section of the FE Forum.

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25 February 2013 15:58
LSIS STEM are running a free 'Mathematics in Enginnering' workshop aimed at Mathematics and Engineering lectureres to help support and improve their contectualised maths delivery on Wednesday 6th March from 10.00 to 15.30 at K College (Tonbridge Campus). Book your place at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/STEMMathandEng or contact c.harvey@canterburycollege.ac.uk for further information.
By Fiona_Allan
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31 January 2011 10:08
Another chance has arisen for engineering mathematics practitioners to join a networking group where they can investigate a variety of approaches to teaching and learning and learn from each other. The opportunity is open to anyone teaching mathematics within engineering and will build on the very successful first meetings held at the end of last year. All are welcome: both those who attended last time and those coming for the first time. At the heart of the meeting will be a hands-on session developing new resources and everyone will leave with valuable ideas to use with their learners.
The second set of network meetings are in March (all from 10.15am till 3.45pm with registration from 9.45am) at the following venues:
8 March at Bridgwater College, Bath Rd, Bridgwater, Somerset TA6 4PZ
17 March at The London Mathematical Society, De Morgan House, 57-58 Russell Square, London WC1B 4HS
22 March at the University of Manchester, Renold Building, Altrincham Street, Manchester M1 3B
There is no charge for attending. To reserve a place or for more information, please email melanie.harradine@ncetm.org.uk
By Fiona_Allan
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30 November 2010 09:18
Since this comment was posted, networking meetings for teachers of engineering mathematics have started. Follow the link on the RHS for further information. Meetings wil be held in the spring term 2011 but dates and locations are not yet finalised.
By JoanAshley
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28 September 2010 17:03
This is so helpful!! I have to teach the maths to the engineering diploma students this year and was feeling a little unsure of how to connect the maths and the enginering..
By JeanSmith
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