Issue date: 07 March 2003

ISSUE DATE: 07/03/03

Between 50 to 70 twelve and thirteen year olds from schools in Bristol and Bath will be visiting UWE on Saturday 8 March to find out whether maths and dance really do go together. This visit is arranged as part of the Wessex Mathematics Masterclass programme supported by the Universities of Bristol, Bath and West of England and by the Royal Institution

Dr Stephen Ryrie, who will be running the event, said ‘Dance is a pattern of people changing positions. This pattern, or notation, is described in mathematical terms as ‘mathematical group theory’. The aim of the day is to help the students understand the relationship that exists between the dance moves and the notation. In addition to creating their own notation and performing the associated dance, they will also be translating two given notations into dance. One is a standard dance. The other, however, is one I made up myself called ‘Alfred’s Delight’, named in honour of UWE’s Vice-Chancellor, Alfred Morris, who is a patron of the Wessex Mathematics Masterclass programme’.

School pupils will be attending from Ashton Park, Backwell, Bedminster Down, Brimsham Green (Yate), Brislington, Bristol Cathedral, Downend, Fairfield, Gordano (Portishead) John Cabot CTC, Mangotsfield, Marlwood (Alveston), Monks Park, Nailsea, QEH, Redland High, Redmaids, The Ridings, Speedwell, St Bede’s, St Bernadettes, St Katherines (Pill), St Mary Redcliffe and Mistery Schools

Frank Burke, Head of Maths at Fairfield School, said, “The Royal Institution Maths Masterclasses offer a marvellous opportunity for talented students to experience alternative areas of mathematics presented by stimulating session leaders. They are then able to take these ideas further in workshops with similar students from a wide range of local schools. This whole experience takes place within the academic atmosphere of the University of the West of England.”

Alison Keeley, Coordinator of Achievement for Excellence in Cities at Monks Park School, said, “The Maths Masterclasses present an ideal opportunity to introduce school pupils to a worthwhile experience at University. The students get the chance to work alongside people of equal talent from a wide range of local schools both state and independent. It is good for the students to work in a different way and to gain experience of listening to ideas presented in a lecture theatre followed by small group workshops.”


Editor’s notes

Photo opportunity at 11.00am on Saturday 8 March (room 2Q49, UWE Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol).

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