Maths is all around us. We use it to plan our holidays, check football league tables and spot fake news.

Maths Week Scotland took place 10 – 16 September 2018. Events for families and adults across Scotland covered everything from game theory to solar flare modelling. We found out how guitar strings could solve the big problems of the universe, the role of maths in fighting cancer, and how we hold data in our genes.

Schools in every local authority took part in and out of the classroom with a huge range of activities. These included tackling the Deputy First Minister’s daily maths challenge, and participating in the Maths Inside, Maths wi nae Borders and Sumdog competitions. Schools looked across the curriculum for maths inspiration and focus with maths fancy dress, outdoor treasure hunts, maths relays and maths baking. They invited parents, families, local businesses and the wider community to help them explore maths in the world around them.

Maths performers - including Andrew Jeffrey, Kjartan Poskitt, Ben Sparks and the Strathclyde Science Scouts - visited schools from Orkney to Glasgow. Meanwhile, secondary schools in Angus were visited by the Bletchley Park team and a real Enigma machine. Schools also enjoyed visits to National Museum of Scotland, Heriot-Watt, Edinburgh, Glasgow and St Andrews Universities for talks, workshops and events.

Find out more about what happened during Maths Week on the Making Maths Count blog and follow @MathsScot.

Maths Week Scotland will be back in 2019, with dates and details announced in the coming months. If you have any queries, please contact k.oldfield@nms.ac.uk


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