Our hectic, on-demand lifestyles rely upon allocating finite sets of resources to constantly changing numbers of people. As this task grows ever harder, it will require solutions to a little-known mathematical riddle. By Gemma Church 9 June 2019 It’s not easy to accurately predict what humans want and when they will want it. We’re demanding creatures, expecting the world to deliver speedy solutions to our increasingly complex and diverse modern-day problems.Over the last few decades, researchers have developed a range of pretty effective mathematical solutions that can allocate resources across a variety of industries and scenarios so they can attempt to keep up with the daily demands our lives place on them. But when an allocation made at one time affects subsequent allocations, the problem becomes dynamic, and the passing of time must be considered as part of the equation. This throws a mathematical spanner in the works, requiring these solutions to … [Read more...] about The maths problem that could bring the world to a halt
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“Why am I one of the only girls in my school studying A level maths?”I’m rarely stumped by questions from students, but this one — from a 17-year-old student who attended a recent talk I gave at London’s Royal Institution — really made me think.In the UK, all students have to study maths until the age of 16, with boys and girls achieving broadly similar GCSE results. However, the numbers who go on to study maths at A level reveal a striking gender split. Female students accounted for 39.3 per cent of A level maths entries in 2018. For further maths, this dropped even further to 28.3 per cent. While maths is the number one A level subject choice for boys, for girls it is fourth behind English, psychology and biology. What lies behind these numbers? As a maths teacher — and lover of puzzles — I have attempted to find out the answer, and explain how attitudes towards maths and numeracy have a direct bearing on our career aspirations and … [Read more...] about Women and maths — what’s not adding up?
Jasmine Stole Weiss Pacific Daily News Published 1:40 AM EDT Mar 30, 2019 Over 100 of the island's youngest mathletes competed in this year's islandwide Math Olympiad on Saturday. Students from 22 public and private schools, most of whom are in the fourth and fifth grades, spent their Saturday morning doing what most people actively avoid in their daily lives: solving complex math problems. The Math Olympiad is a way to help foster enthusiasm and passion for math in young students, said Frank Candaso, program coordinator for academic special events for the Gifted And Talented Education (GATE) project. "It helps them learn how to problem solve and really understand mathematical concepts," he said. The students competed in three rounds. First up was a sprint round in which the students had to solve 20 problems in 30 minutes. It's meant to test their accuracy, and calculators aren't allowed. More: Team 4-Stars, Savage take top honors in Bud Light … [Read more...] about Guam mathletes show off skills at islandwide Math Olympiad competition
Love it or hate it, going to school is without a doubt one of the best things we can all do for our futures. But for some youngsters, coping with the structures and pressures of a mainstream school can be tougher than most. Whether it is through disadvantage, behavioural problems, or struggles at home, school can be a particular challenge for some children. That's where alternative provisions (AP) - such as Aspire Academy in east Hull - come in. Alternative provisions are schools which aim to make sure those children who cannot keep up with their peers in mainstream school - whether due to exclusion, illness, or other reasons - don't miss out on their education. Hull Live's Michael Mutch sat down with the school's headteacher Christopher Mulqueen to find out more. What kind of children come to Aspire Academy? “Each student is very different, there are no two that are alike. “Usually at the point children arrive here they have come from a point of crisis and it is not … [Read more...] about The Hull school teaching children nobody else can help
PUBLISHED: 08:55 08 February 2019 Jason Noble Local democracy reporter Pupils at schools across Ipswich will benefit from a music project thanks to a funding boost STOCK PICTURE: GREGG BROWN An innovative music mentoring project will run a one-to-one scheme with 50 Ipswich youngsters to combat low school attendance levels. The Noise Solution community interest company secured £96,000 of Essential Life Skills Funding as part of the Ipswich Opportunity Area designation – a government-led project to raise aspirations and attainment in 12 areas across the country.Noise Solution will work with 50 pupils who have displayed low levels of school attendance, to help engage them with education.The youngsters will be paired with a music mentor for 10 two-hour sessions, starting at the child’s home before moving to a professional music studio.The aim is to help them develop confidence in making music and creatively learning skills.Simon Glenister, CEO … [Read more...] about Music project to help Ipswich pupils with low school attendance