Earlier this week some students from Year 8 spent the day visiting Imperial College London for a Girls In To Maths Careers day.
The day started with us sitting in one of the big lecture room that university students normally use.
There were talks by women in various careers such as actuarial science and NHS scientific research. They gave a fascinating insight into how maths is used regularly in there jobs and various routes that are available to us so that we may follow similar paths to success.
Following on from a short break, we spent some time doing a fun quiz where we were linking pictures to mathematical words and then had a longer session on data visualisation.
Florence Nightingale, who one of our houses is named after, was famous, not just for being a nurse, but also for representing data and statistics to the public in an accessible way for the first time. This had a massive impact on mortality rates in the Crimean war. We also had to go at creating our own data visualisations showing the pay gap between various groups.
Our final lecture after lunch was a brilliant insight into space exploration. Not only did we watch a Mars landing, we also spent some time creating paper helicopters.
It was a brilliant day of wonderful mathematical insights and refreshed our passion for mathematics – if you want to take part in completing maths puzzles next year, come to infinity club at lunch times bi-weekly on Thursdays!
Makeda D, Nancy E Year 8