The course is designed to help bridge the notorious “Maths Gap” between GCSE and the Sixth Form when students not only have to tackle new material but are also required to think about problems in much greater depth.
In addition, the course established common ground between those coming up from the Fifth form and those students joining Hurst in the Lower Sixth, many of whom will have followed a different syllabus.
Alongside traditional classroom lessons though, the College welcomed guests who spoke about the value and uses of Maths in the world beyond academia.
The event started with a talk “Why Maths matters – a view from Business” delivered by Hurst alumnus, Mace Maclean, who is a Senior Analyst at Boots plc.
The second day began with Mrs Rachel Waugh of the University of Cambridge Department of Engineering, Low Carbon and Materials Processing Group, giving a talk entitled “Green Steel”.
Proceedings were closed with Iain Waugh, another Hurst alumnus, of the University of Cambridge Department of Engineering, Combustion Research Group, who brought a small rocket in to show the students whilst speaking about “High speed and high altitude flight”.
The event is an excellent “ice-breaker” before studies begin later in the year and there was a real buzz of enthusiasm in the air as the students packed up their bags at the end of the course.
The group worked hard over the two days and the Maths Department looks forward to welcoming them back in September.
22 May 2013