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WARNING!: This course could leave you addicted to maths for life!

The day is devoted to the fascinating world of mathematics where you will do things you never thought possible and think about mathematical things from completely different angles – lots more jokes like these on the day!

You will play with numbers, achieve amazing things and take home lots of ideas and things you’ve made! You will also develop a deep love of numbers and all things mathematical by having a go at very exciting open – ended challenges, investigations and philosophical thinking.

We will look at the fascinating history of the number systems that were invented by different civilisations since the beginning of time and try and invent our own. You will learn how to multiply using really amazing, completely different and fun methods that other countries have developed (Egyptian, Russian and Italian). Have a go at measuring and calculating the value of Pi (π) using everyday objects and then writing a poem in the sequence of Pi.

This is your chance to be a mathematical scientist for the day and carry out an indoor investigation that allows us to actually measure the speed of sound as well as learn how to measure the height of trees just by looking at them.

Meet Fermi, the famous mathematician, who worked out ways of answering impossible questions and use his approach to work out the how many drops of water there are in the ocean and how many cars there are in the world. Get to know the Number Devil, a truly inspirational book, that will inspire you to think about numbers forever in a really fascinating way. Attempt to build his magical number pyramid that you can then take home and which will help you with all things mathematical at school.

And of course, have a go at the Four Fours Challenge where you will able to go way beyond +, -, x and ÷ and learn all about √, X0, ! , ∞ and many other symbols that you never knew existed – but are great fun to play with.

This is a day that will keep you entertained for life and help you to enjoy thinking about all aspects of our world from a mathematical point of view.

Marcelo Staricoff is the masterclass leader. Marcelo started his career as a research scientist and then became a Primary School Headteacher. Marcelo specialise in equipping children with a lifelong love of learning and with all they need to develop as philosophical, creative thinkers from a very young age. He was a member of SAPERE’s National Committee, the Charity that promotes Philosophy for Children and whilst a Gifted and Talented adviser he formed part of the National Academy of Gifted and Talented Youth Think Tank helping to shape national policy. He is the author of the book ‘Start Thinking’ and is the founder and creator of the philosophy of education which has now become known as ‘The Joy of Not Knowing’. Marcelo is currently working with lots of schools and writing lots of books!

This is for children in years 1,2,3,4,5,6.