Maths year 2000

19th May 2000 at 01:00
Just some of the events coming up: ENGLAND

Tel: 020 7637 8800E-mail:

MathFests have been organised all over England. Each MathFest supports and develops local initiatives, resources and ideas. Lace is the theme of the next one in Nottinghamshire, July 3-11, followed by one in York on maths and people (statistics), October 14-21, and another on maths, money and the future in London, January 2001. E-mailedcontributions welcome

The North East Maths Fair at Houghton-Kepier School, Houghton-le-Spring, near Sunderland, June 17. The programme includes: a mathematical Crystal Maze, indoor fun maths trail, Eigen squares, multicultural maths and music workshops, bell-ringing and origami. Tel: 0191 553

Brighton and Hove MathFest, June 12-21, in libraries, supermarkets, Foredown Tower Museum and Brighton station. It begins with a talk by author Rob Eastaway on "Maths and Magic", includes quizzes and maths dramas staged by schools, a maths trail around the town and performances of Johnny Ball's "Tales of Maths and Legends". Jenny Stratton, tel: 01273 2936665 E-mail:

The Big 2000 Race against Time for Oxfordshire primary schools, until December 31, 10am-4pm daily. This show from Curioxity explores the number 2,000 combining maths and science and the presenter must complete the show within 2,000 seconds. Pupils consider such topics as what things look like magnified 2,000 times, what are 2,000 pennies worth and how much they weigh. pound;70 plus VAT (single show), pound;120 (two shows), pound;150 (three shows). Mike Dennis, tel: 01865 247004.

A Maths on the Metrolinkcampaign run by Manchester Metropolitan University, which has inspired the travelling Mancunian public to solve simple but challenging mathematical puzzles on a series of eye-catching posters in every carriage.

Tel: 020 7637 8800

A 3D model of Arithmakid, the logo for the ational year of maths, is at Eureka! The Museum for Children in Halifax, with a changing display of maths puzzles.Tel: 01426 983191. Calderdale Council has also organised workshops at local venues.


Tel: 029 2082 6013

Mathemateg 2000 Cymru (Maths Year 2000 Wales) aims to help primary teachers raise standards through the National Assembly's numeracy strategy, to give parents tips and to emphasise the importance of basic skills for adults. Activities are being co-ordinated from Techniquest, the science discovery centre in Cardiff. Publications are being produced and partnerships will be set up between business and education. Tel: 029 20 475475.

At Techniquest itself an interactive exhibition, "Mathemagic", will be open to key stage 3 students weeks beginning June 19, 26 and July 3 and to KS2 pupils week beginning July 10. It features transformation, tessellation, symmetry, sequences, operations, logic games and theatrical presentations, which link characters such as cardsharps and pawnbrokers to probability, Fibonacci sequences and mental arithmetic. pound;5.50 adults, pound;3.80 children; under fives free. Elin Roberts, tel: 01222 475475; E-mail:

Other events include "Numeracy in Nature" sessions at the National Museum and Gallery, Cardiff on May 25 (KS1-2) and May 26 (KS3-4). 10am-noon or 1-3pm. Free entry but bookable on 029 205 73240. Numeracy in Nature trails, Dr Judith Scott, tel: 01222 573123.


Tel: 01232 288199;E-mail: The Maths in Motion festival at Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, Cultra, Co Down, September 18-29, where Year 8 pupils will go on maths "excursions".

Family weekend, also at the UFTM, September 23-24, where the Belfast Community Circus will premiere a mathematical performance.Tel: Arlene Bell, 028 90428428.


Tel: 0131 220 1777


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