Maths Week Scotland – Maths v Sport

On Thursday this week, I was fortunate enough to attend the Maths v Sport presentation given by Dr Tom Crawford from the University of Oxford.

It was great to see a mix of adults and kids there.  It was a bit of a blast from the past for me as it turns out that I taught some of the kids in the audience 8 years ago when I first moved to Inverness!

The content certainly peaked my interest and the kids seemed equally engaged, especially with the penalty shoot out that occurred after learning the secrets of taking the perfect penalty!

I’ve also got a few ideas on how to shave some time of my marathon PB and I also now know where the best place would be for me to set a 2km rowing PB should I ever take up rowing.

It was really interesting to see so much maths going on in sport and beyond the usual things you might think of!

Let’s get more of this type of thing into our schools so those that haven’t yet seen the light can see what a fascinating subject it really is!

For those of you that missed it or who maybe aren’t into sports you can check out Tom’s website: Tom Rocks Maths or you might like to visit his page I Love Mathematics where you can find the maths behind some intriguing questions.
Being a bit of a Monopoly lover I thought I’d hone my strategy by watching the video below… hopefully nobody I play in the near future watches this!

Sadly that’s the end of Maths Week Scotland for this year but hopefully teachers, pupils and anyone else reading or engaging in any of the many Maths Week Scotland activities has been inspired.  Let’s strive to continue to help everyone see how relevant, intriguing, creative and fun maths can be for all between now and next year… and beyond!

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