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Secondary Magazine - Issue 79

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Created on 01 February 2011 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 15 February 2011 by ncetm_administrator


Secondary Magazine Issue 79Origami dodecahedron - photograph by endolith used under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0) licence

Welcome to Issue 79 of the Secondary Magazine. 


From the editor
In order to focus clearly on our mathematical thinking, it is helpful sometimes to address questions and problems that require a minimum of mathematical background.
It's in the News! Mortality Statistics
Each year the Office for National Statistics publishes a set of data showing the causes of death for the previous year. In January 2011 the data for 2009 was released, showing some interesting statistics which might challenge our intuitive understanding of, and the way that the media presents, the dangers facing us. This is used as a context for students to explore the way that data is presented and interpreted. 
The Interview - James Grime
Dr James Grime is the Enigma Project Officer of the Millennium Mathematics Project in the Department of Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge. He travels the UK, and the world, talking to schools and adult audiences about mathematical ideas and their histories.
Focus on...paper folding
Paper folding explorations include the generation of mathematical objects, the doing of mathematical actions and the proving of relationships.
5 things to do
Will you be arranging to be at a STEM careers conference, or at a meeting about algebra without equations, or at a workshop on using origami in the classroom? There is still time to apply for a Media Fellowship, and respond to the Call for Evidence relating to the National Curriculum Review. Or you could just relax by watching Tung Ken Lam fold a cuboctahedron!
Subject Leadership Diary
Sometimes a subject leader may seize an opportunity to convey messages to the whole school, for example by taking a school assembly. And how does a subject leader endeavour to get fresh ideas into the department?
Contributors to this issue include: James Grime, Mary Pardoe, Richard Perring and Peter Ransom.

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Page header - Origami dodecahedron photograph by endolith some rights reserved
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