One of the first activities that got me into outreach was joining Marcus' Marvellous Mathemagicians (M3), which was started in 2008 by Marcus du Sautoy. The idea was that hundreds of schools contact Marcus every year to give presentations to their kids, but unfortunately he simply doesn't have the time to answer all the requests. Thus, myself and a number of other undergraduates and graduates go out to schools and take a number of fun mathematical workshops
|Multiple Oxford scientists coming out in force at the Newbury Science Festival|
As part of M3, I've been up and down the country giving maths workshops, over to Ireland and Wales, and presented at numerous science festivals across the country.
|From left to right: Dan, Will and myself enjoying the view from the Great Wall.|
|We presented in classrooms and theatres. The Dulwich college kids were great audiences.|
YouTube, iTunes U or through the University of Oxford's Podcasts page. Over the next 8 weeks I will be presenting each video and discussing any particular techniques that we found aided us in our presenting the workshop.
Crucially, because we were taking this tour on the road, we had to make sure all the props were light, transportable, easily fixable, reproducible, or cheap to buy. In the end we simply used:
- plastic bottles;
- a t-shirt;
- a jumper;
- three hold alls; and
- a blow up ring.
We begin next time by organising the tour!