A group of Year 12 A level maths students and a group of Year 10 and 11 students with a keen interest in maths took part in workshops with Dr Tom Crawford on Tuesday 23 January.

Dr Crawford is a mathematician at the University of Oxford, where he holds the position of Early Career Teaching and Outreach Fellow at St Edmund Hall. He also runs an award-winning website and YouTube channel @tomrocksmaths, and regularly appears on the BBC and Numberphile – the largest maths education channel on YouTube with over 3 million subscribers.

Dr Crawford spoke to Year 12 students about The Millennium Problems: the seven greatest unsolved problems in mathematics – each worth $1 million!  Year 10 and 11 students considered the role maths plays in sport, with questions asked such as: How do you take the perfect penalty? When can we expect a sub-2-hour marathon, and more.

Students found the talks fascinating and highly engaging, and we are grateful to Dr Crawford for visiting the school and taking the time to answer lots of questions, especially from Year 10 and 11 students who were interested in the topics of studying maths and applying to/attending university.

Students who are interested in this topic can visit the YouTube channels TomRocksMaths and Numberphile.