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Every year we have a Bristol University ambassador supporting our department and every year we try and encourage them to present a workshop using some the maths our GCSE students use and is of particular interest them.

So Nico created a presentation that focused on projectiles and numerous things that affect its path: wind, air pressure, temperature, shape etc… The workshop asked our learners to predict how far a projectile would travel if the elastic band was pulled back 3 cm. Some of the guesses were relatively accurate, while others were initially unrealistic. Nico then asked how far the projectile would travel if it was pulled back 6cm. The majority of the groups suggested double the distance and this then lead neatly into the idea of direct proportion, non-linear relationships and formulae.

By the end of the session our learners had a far better appreciation of how complicated it can be to calculate particular outcomes when considering all the different things that can affect its flight. Again, many of the learner who took part in this workshop left with the idea that choosing a career where maths is used frequently wouldn’t be a bad choice of job and perhaps an interesting one to boot.  

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