On Wednesday a group of Year 9 students attended an event on STEM careers at the Natural History Museum organised by the Advanced Mathematics Support Programme and STEM Learning. Students heard from STEM Ambassadors and museum scientists about what they do in their line of work, how maths is used, their mathematics journey and engaged in some interactive activities.
Over the course of the day they spoke to a pharmacometrician from Pfizer about the maths used in drug development; learned about how Just Eat uses statistics and experiments to rank their restaurants; understood how a computer works using a Turing game presented by the RAF, and met representatives from Bosch, Thales, as well as a quantum scientist and a meteorologist. In their words:
- “The most interesting thing was learning through a game how code works and how just one mistake can make it all come crashing down”
- “The best thing was speaking about architecture and learning about the air force’s engineering programme”
- “The most interesting I learned was how Just Eat actually works”
- “The best thing was learning that maths can be used in everything and not just the main and obvious things”
Many thanks to Ms Finn who applied for our chance to take part in this event.