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Women who use maths in their jobs to inspire girls in maths

Discussion in 'Primary' started by happiest, Jul 21, 2011.

  1. Was wondering if anyone has got any ideas for women who use maths in their jobs, who can act as positive role models for girls, who could be invited into school? I am lacking in inspiration today, so any pointers would be great!
    Has anyone tried this in their school and if so how did you get in contact with people and did it work well? We have a problem with girls' progress in maths slowing down as they move through Key Stage 2, so this was one idea I had for trying to boost their motivation.
    Thanks!
     
  2. Was wondering if anyone has got any ideas for women who use maths in their jobs, who can act as positive role models for girls, who could be invited into school? I am lacking in inspiration today, so any pointers would be great!
    Has anyone tried this in their school and if so how did you get in contact with people and did it work well? We have a problem with girls' progress in maths slowing down as they move through Key Stage 2, so this was one idea I had for trying to boost their motivation.
    Thanks!
     
  3. harsh-but-fair

    harsh-but-fair Lead commenter

    Carol Vorderman might have some time free now ...
     
  4. Anonymous

    Anonymous New commenter

    I would say Rachel from Countdown but she lets the side down by wearing skimpy clothing.
    Seriously - I know several women who use maths in their job. A friend of mine is involved with road engineering and spends a lot of time analysing traffic flow data.
     
  5. essentiallyprincess

    essentiallyprincess New commenter

    Like above said in engineering. Also bank managers, people who work in post office, your pay clerk, accountants, travel agents - thinking of converting currency rather than the retail side of selling. Also pharmaceutics etc.
     
  6. greta444

    greta444 New commenter

    An accountant may be able to come into school. Pretty boring job though.
     
  7. marlin

    marlin Star commenter Forum guide

    What about a maths PhD student from local university? Could talk about latest research - ways in which maths has made a big impact on our lives - and job opportunities.
    Websites here you could use to make some posters to place around the room or perhaps do some project work with the children:
    http://nrich.maths.org/5748
    http://www-history.mcs.st-and.ac.uk/Indexes/Women.html
    http://www.agnesscott.edu/lriddle/women/women.htm
    Or ..... you could even make some woolly hats! [​IMG]
    http://woollythoughts.com/hyperbolic.html
     
  8. Hairdressers use maths when working with colours - ratio's etc. cash handling etc.
    Caterers.
    lots more no doubt!
     
  9. Why not ask at your local high school if there are any 6th formers studying maths/science who would like to come and spend time with your pupils- or even ex pupils studying maths or science at uni. (preferably 'cool' types!)
     
  10. The Governent Economic Service and Governent Stastician Service employ lots if women and they do lots of interesting and useful (mostly!) work with maths.
     
  11. Joanne2009

    Joanne2009 New commenter

  12. How about just teach maths really well? That way all the children will learn maths really well. There is no need to complicate it.
     

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