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Taking Maths Further

enrichment event at Manchester University's Great Hall

Mrs Sommerville took 6 high achieving girls to Manchester University's Taking Maths further event on Monday. The girls were required to use their excellent maths skills to design and distribute a carefully balanced 'fish mobile' as shown in the picture. The mathematics behind this design included some A level maths and physics 'theory of moments' calculations to ensure that the fish wasn't top or bottom heavy. They then used their maths to look at the logistics' of Amazon's distribution robots, which automatically transport products around the Amazon warehouse ready for packing and distribution. 

The girls were also lucky enough to hear an inspirational talk from Dr Emily Grossman, who is a guest scientist on TV shows like 'Duck Quacks Don't Echo' and 'This Morning'. The talk exposed some of the many errors in statistical experiments like the statistic: 'On average left-handed people die 9 years earlier than right-handed people', which Emily proved to be false.