MEM Masterclasses 2020 – This was our 30th Year!

Because of the impact of COVID-19, MEM has reluctantly cancelled the usual programme of Saturday Masterclasses which would have been hosted by the universities and schools in Liverpool and Wirral.

Instead, some Masterclass material has been adapted and is released to Y8 and Y9 pupils via this webpage. This adapted Masterclass material can be studied by pupils at home. The date for submitting answers to some of the exercises to MEM for marking (30th November 2020) has passed but the material continues to be available to download.

Fibonacci Everywhere

Click HERE to download the materials (17 page pdf).

Necklaces (Modular Arithmetic)

Click HERE to download the materials (10 page pdf).

Squares, some of them Magic

Click HERE to download the materials (11 page pdf).

We hope you enjoy these online versions of the Masterclasses.

The 2020 dates were:

19th October to 30th November 2020

Teachers may nominate as many pupils as they think will benefit from the activities, and the pupils should be in Year 8 or 9 during 2020/21. There is no charge for these masterclass materials which should be printed at school and distributed to the pupils taking part. The booklets contain many exercises, and while some of these exercises have answers provided within the booklets, other answers can be submitted to MEM for marking using a Google Form. Certificates will be made available for printing at school, to be awarded to the pupils taking part.

What are the MEM Masterclasses?

The Masterclasses materials provide an excellent opportunity for able and enthusiastic pupils to explore a range of mathematical ideas. Topics covered are very varied, including fractals, logo and turtle graphics, origami, codes and ciphers, probability games, number magic, mathematicians, mechanics and juggling.

The 2012, 2015 and 2018 series of MEM Masterclasses were visited by a colleague from the Royal Institution who spent the day with us. Our activities were mentioned in the Royal Institution Spring 2013 Newsletter which you can view here