Year 9/10 Mechanics Day



The AMSP and the University of Wolverhampton are hosting a FREE Mechanics Day aimed at students in Years 9 and 10
The day will include a number of hands on workshops all based around different area of Mechanics and a closing plenary from our fantastic keynote speaker, Dr Hugh Hunt, Boomerangs, Bouncing Balls and Other Spinning Things.

Who will benefit from attending?

Students from years 9 and 10 who have a general interest in maths in the real world.


Workshops will include

     Too much friction?

     Centre of mass

     Mechanics Maths Magic

In his plenary talk "Boomerangs, Bouncing Balls and Other Spinning Things", Dr Hunt will consider why does a spinning top stand up? Why doesn't a rolling wheel fall over? Why is top-spin so effective in tennis?
How does a falling cat always manage to land on its feet? How can the Hubble
Space Telescope turn around in space? What do ice-skaters do to spin so fast? We'll
look closely at the common threads that link all spinning things, and that means
we'll have to talk about gyroscopes. Don't worry, there won't be any maths. Everything
will be demonstrated live with lots of toys and videos. And we'll even throw a
few indoor boomerangs - hoping not to break any windows!

Other Information

Initially we are limiting places to 10 students per school.

Students will need to bring a packed lunch but lunch will be provided for staff.

We can arrange minibus parking if required.  Please email [email protected] to arrange this.

Key Facts

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Target year:

Year 9 & 10

Curriculum focus:

11-16 maths

Mathematical focus:


Event format:


Event length:

1 day


West Midlands


University of Wolverhampton,
City Campus,
Wulfruna Street,
West Midlands,


Wed 13th Feb 2019

Course times:

09:30 - 15:30


This event is free


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If you have any queries about this event, please do not hesitate to contact:

Teacher Support Admin Team
[email protected]
01225 716494

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