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Robert Afonso, Maths Subject Leader December 11, 2018
Mathematical Magic
We were delighted to welcome Zoe Griffiths, from Think Maths in the UK, to GEMS World Academy (Singapore) on 29th November.
 
Think Maths is a team of experienced mathematics speakers who visit schools to run workshops and give talks for a wide range of ages and abilities.
 
The sessions are interactive, engaging, and show students the wider world of mathematics while giving them a chance to develop invaluable mathematical thinking skills.
 
Zoe delivered a presentation to all of our Secondary Years students on Shape and Smoke Rings, talking about her favourite shapes and how they connect to the real world.
 
Amongst them was a one-sided shape known as a Mobius strip (yes, this is physically possible!), as well as a torus, which was demonstrated by giant smoke rings flying across the auditorium!
 
In addition to this, Zoe ran a number of workshops during the day. Mathematical Magic saw our Grade 7 students deconstructing a card trick by using Mathematics; they went away to wow their friends and families later!
 
Grade 8 demonstrated impressive collaborative skills to build paper dodecahedrons in the Paper Folding and Problem Solving workshop. 
 
Everyone had an engaging, informative, and fun day!
 
 
Robert Afonso,
Maths Subject Leader

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