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Mathematics: Maths Gym Workout – Building Up Your Mathematical Thinking Skills – University Masterclass With Cathie Wells From University of Reading

May 12 @ 16:15 - 17:15



In this workshop, Cathie Wells will lead a practical skills and insight masterclass for students, exploring problem solving and thinking skills; a Maths Gym Workout.

Similar to a physical gym in which you move between equipment to train and develop different parts of your body, Cathie will pose a series of varied, quickfire mathematical problems through which we will explore, train and develop thinking skills. With respect to solving these problems, the session will illustrate an approach centred on addressing the following questions:

  • Why is it difficult?
  • Why is it not impossible?

The session will be interactive, jointly discussing, justifying and developing the responses of the audience to the problems posed.


Lecturer Profile: Cathie Wells is a 2nd Year PhD student in the Maths of Planet Earth Centre for Doctoral Training at Reading University. She mainly spends her time working out ways to allow planes to fly across the North Atlantic whilst emitting the least amount of carbon dioxide possible. Previously she was a secondary school Maths teacher, but was so inspired by all the plans her sixth form classes had for their academic futures, that she decided to go back to university herself! Through her mathematical research Cathie has talked at conferences in this country, Sweden and America, but sadly all virtually.  She has been interviewed about her work on the radio and has even been featured in the Hindustan Times!



Our events are designed so that a group of students can take part from a classroom or students and teachers can take part as individuals, either from school or from home. This means that sessions will continue irrespective of possible school closures.

As a live, participative event, this session will not be recorded but slides and other resources will be shared after the event, where available.


Suitable for: Year 12 & 13 students (and equivalent) studying Mathematics, Statistics, Engineering and Physics. We also welcome interested students from other disciplines.

Preparation/Pre-Reading: Students may wish to consider questions they have about problem solving and thinking skills and particular issues or obstacles they may be facing.

The IT Setup: The event will be run on Bluejeans and participants will be able to join using laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. If you are joining as a school group, we recommend connecting with one device and projecting on to a whiteboard. You will be able to interact with the university via a microphone and/or typed comments and questions. Full details will be sent to those who have registered (see below) prior to the event.

Booking a Place: This is free for schools and colleges. If you would like to take part in this event, please register your interest using the link to the registration form below:



May 12
16:15 - 17:15
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