STEM & Money - Mathematicians visit New York

During the February Half Term 27 Sixth Formers had the chance to enjoy sun and snow in New York, whilst experiencing a variety of real life Maths applications.

A busy and fun-filled itinerary allowed the students to cover all levels of the city, from the top of the Empire State Building, to a Statue of Liberty cruise on the Hudson River, to below the streets in the New York Transit Museum.

Several master classes took place at the Museum of Mathematics, which involved looking at unknotting numbers, graph theory and probability. A guided walking tour of Wall Street through the New York Stock Exchange included a thrilling 3-minute trading game to replicate the stresses of the trading floor. A highlight of the trip was the Liberty Science Centre, where we investigated aviation physics and enjoyed a planetarium showcase. At the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum we had the chance to take a close look at the Lockheed A-12 airplane and a Space Shuttle.

Everyone enjoyed the snow that fell in the middle of the week on a walking tour of Brooklyn and across the beautiful Brooklyn Bridge, with scenic views from the Empire State Building, a stroll through Central Park, and watching the world go by in the hectic Times Square.

It was a memorable trip with fantastic sightseeing and the added bonus of observing Maths applied in the real world.

Kat Allan, Teacher of Mathematics