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Secondary Magazine - Issue 72: 5 things to do

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Secondary Magazine Issue 72fractal by fractalcafe used under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic licence

5 things to do this fortnight

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Maths Inspiration, aiming to inspire the next generation of mathematicians, engineers and other mathematical and numerate professionals, are now taking bookings for their spring shows, the dates of which are as follows:

  • Newcastle, Friday 4 March (pm only)
  • Leeds, Tuesday 8 March (pm only)
  • Bristol, Tuesday 15 March (pm only)
  • Nottingham, Thursday 17 March
  • Liverpool, Tuesday 22 March
  • Portsmouth, Tuesday 29 March (pm only)

You can see Maths Inspiration featured on BBC Breakfast Television.

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Benoît Mandelbrot would have been 86 on 24 November. Sadly he died on 15 October. You can read an obituary in the Daily Telegraph, and you can watch him giving a talk last February about the extreme complexity of roughness, and fractal mathematics.

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The new AQA Certificate in Use of Mathematics is an exciting, and long overdue, new qualification.
Students who, from September 2011, work towards it will develop knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts, develop mathematical reasoning skills, and acquire the ability to solve open-ended problems. This new qualification is equivalent to GCSE Mathematics. It is built from Free-Standing Mathematics Qualifications, of which students will choose two, focussing on mathematics in the topics of Finance, Data, Shape or Algebra.
To find out more, look at the AQA leaflet or go to the NCETM news item.
You can attend one of the launch meetings being held on these dates in these locations:

  • 23 November, Warrington
  • 24 November, Leeds
  • 1 December, Exeter
  • 2 December, London
  • 7 December, Birmingham
To book your place at one of these meetings, go to the AQA website and search for ‘Use of Mathematics (L1/L2)’
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Friday 3 December is NSPCC Number Day. Your school should have received a Number Day pack – there is still time to find out where it is! Why not register your school – which can either take part in the NSPCC’s own Guinness World Record attempt, or you can devise an original fundraising event to celebrate numbers!

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The ATM/MA Secondary Maths Roadshow, on Saturday 20 November, at Our Lady’s Catholic High School in Preston, is organised by the Mathematical Association and the Association of Teachers of Mathematics. It will be an opportunity for KS3 and KS4 mathematics teachers to find new ideas. Dr David Acheson, Emeritus Fellow at Jesus College, Oxford, will give the keynote address, Proof, Pizza and Playing the Guitar. If you take part you will have a choice of sessions, and will receive a DVD of resources.

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