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Following our news last week that Dr Michael A Posner will be visiting Plymouth to give a PedRio talk we can now announce that Dr Posner will also be giving a talk for local schools while he is in Plymouth.
Dr. Posner is an Associate Professor of Statistics, Villanova University, and director of the Center for Statistical Education (USA), he is currently on sabbatical at The Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics Centre for Mathematical Sciences at the University of Cambridge.
The school event will be held at Plymouth University (on the main campus) on the 21st of January from 10:00 until 11:30, and is for Y10-Y12 and beyond. Entitled “Statistics – The Art and Science of Making Decisions with Data” the event will include a short informal talk with questions and answers and then an activity, this event would be ideal for students looking to begin a career in STEM
If you would like some of your students to attend, or require further details, please contact us as soon as possible via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, you can download more information here.
A recent tweet mentioned the great Spurious Correlations website created by Tyler Vigen. Tyler’s site has been featured in numerous news articles and often gets a mention when one spurious correlation or another appears in the media. It is just a bit of fun but has a serious message, reinforcing the adage that ‘Correlation does not imply causation’.
So, in case you have not come across Tyler’s site already, the BBC produced an online article that may prove a good introduction and possibly make up part of a lesson on Correlation.
In addition, the site has been featured on the always excellent BBC Radio ‘More or Less’ programme (International visitors may not be able to access this).
All the links are below:
BBC Radio ‘More or Less’
There is already a great deal of information out there for Core Maths (UK), with practitioners having started this September (2014), but if you are yet to get involved with the new “Core Maths” qualification here is a brief synopsis from the Telegraph, including some sample questions for you to have a go at: www.telegraph.co.uk
To the real reason for the post…MEI (Mathematics in Education and Industry) have two upcoming online seminars dedicated to Core Maths. Details follow below but for the full scheduled take a look using the link here.
Thursday 27 November 17:00
General Introduction to Core Maths qualifications
Friday 5 December 16:00
OCR(MEI) Quantitative Reasoning and Quantitative Problem Solving
Last week we attended the launch of the Cornwall and West Devon Maths Hub at Truro and Penwith College. We were present primarily to promote WinAtSchool our Maths and Stats competition, which is now live for any secondary schools wishing to take part.
What are Maths Hubs?
The Cornwall and West Devon Maths Hub is one of 32 regional hubs, across England, created in July 2014 to support a range of maths related activities to improve participation in mathematics and teaching, learning and leadership of mathematics. For further information visit the NCETM website where you will find a list of all 32 hubs, a list of hub contacts and can sign up to individual hub newsletters.
Maths Hub Launch
The launch event at Truro and Penwith College featured a number of workshops covering all levels of maths, from Primary through to A-level and included an introduction to Core Maths and the new GCSE specifications.
Of particular interest was the China-England Research and Innovation Project – Teacher Exchange, where we got a glimpse of how Primary maths is taught in Shanghai.
NCETM – Maths HUBS
NCETM – Core Maths (especially useful for Core Maths adopters)
Cornwall Teaching School (Details for Cornwall and West Devon Hub)
Truro and Penwith College