Pupils take part in TechFest Maths Masterclasses

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School pupils from Mackie Academy joined Marco Venturini of Police Scotland and the University of Aberdeen’s Dr Jen Scott for an introduction to the mathematics used by collision investigators.

TechFest hosted the last event in the series, which is supported by The Royal Institution and sponsored by Chevron North Sea Limited.

The final masterclass provided an outline of what an investigator looks for at the accident scene and how they use maths to calculate the speed of vehicles involved in a collision.

The students were taken outside for a demonstration of a police car skidding, where they took measurements at the scene and calculate the speed the car was travelling before the brakes were applied.

The Maths Masterclasses 2015/2016 series has run since November and provided an opportunity for youngsters to experience some different mathematics topics and hear from professionals.

Molly Imrie, TechFest STEM coordinator, said: “This year’s series of Maths Masterclasses have been hugely insightful and enjoyed by all the youngsters who have attended.

“A big thanks to all the schools and pupils who have taken part and to The Royal Institution and Chevron for their continued support.”

“The workshops and presentations show how maths is important in many aspects of everyday life. This year’s presenters have not only demonstrated this importance but have also interacted with the pupils in a fun and motivating way.”

Laura Easton from Chevron, said: “Tomorrow’s Chevron employees are today’s schoolchildren and through programmes like TechFest’s Maths Masterclasses, we hope to promote STEM activities to young people, support their experience-based learning and inspire them.”