Encouraging Mathematical Creativity: Development and Inspiration Day

Age 7 to 16

Date: Thursday 26 June 2014
Venue: University of Cambridge, Centre for Mathematical Sciences
Cost: Free - book online

Celebrate the end of term by joining us for a creative maths-filled day with the NRICH team

Centre for Mathematical Sciences - image (c) Ed BrambleyA free CPD event for innovative teachers of mathematics at Key Stages 2, 3, and 4 who are interested in offering creative opportunities to their students.

Creative thinking and imagination are central to being an outstanding mathematician - famously, one of the 20th century's most celebrated mathematical writers, G.H. Hardy, described mathematicians as being like poets and painters, and mathematics as a creative art. Mathematics involves spotting patterns, making connections, finding new ways of looking at things and being inspired to apply what you already know in new contexts. It involves playing around with ideas, having the courage to experiment and asking new questions.

NRICH tasks have always helped to develop mathematical thinking and promote mathematical exploration.  We're currently working on an exciting new project focused on taking that even further, developing new resources for students which will promote and provide opportunities to develop mathematical creativity. We're devising activities for young people, aged 7-16, who are interested in maths and will be interested in exploring and playing around with some unexpected ideas.

Aim of the day: The event will focus on ideas for promoting mathematical creativity and developing mathematical thinking. The day will involve a mixture of plenary sessions and smaller group workshops. It will be highly interactive and will offer opportunities to work in and across key phases.

This is also the first time we will be sharing our thinking to date on our new project, and will include opportunities to discuss new resources in development and get involved.  

How to book:

Please book online using the online registration form. Registration is free and includes lunch and tea/coffee.

When: Thursday 26 June 2014
Where: Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Wilberforce Road, Cambridge, CB3 0WA
Time: 10.15 - 15.30 with coffee and registration from 9.30 
Who: Innovative teachers of KS 2,3,4 who are interested in offering creative opportunities to their students and who would value a day to explore some unexpected ideas themselves
Cost - free: Thanks to generous funding from the Templeton World Charity Foundation we can offer free places to teachers from any UK school. Tea/coffee and lunch are included.

Provisional outline:
  9.30 -  10.15  Registration and coffee
10.15 -  11.00  Welcome plenary - mathematical creativity
11.00 -  12.30  Workshop 1: Cross phase groups
12.30  - 13.30  Lunch
13.30  - 15.00  Workshop 2: Within phase groups 
15.00  - 15.30  Final plenary and next steps 

Workshop leaders: The NRICH team at the University of Cambridge. The team are mathematics specialists who are committed to enriching the experience of the mathematics curriculum for all learners.

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