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The International Day of Mathematics is quickly approaching on 14 March. The theme the IDM314 have chosen for this year is ‘Mathematics for Everyone.’

14 March was chosen as it is also known as Pi Day, as the date is 3/14 in some countries. How do we define ‘some’ though? The map below shows the date format across the globe (from The Guardian’s Datablog.)

Map of the earth colour coded to which countries use which date format

I’ll be using this to get my Core Maths students to estimate how many people use each date format and why – it might be something to pass on to your geography teaching colleagues to promote maths across the curriculum. Any ideas of what else I might ask?

The AMSP has produced a resource for you to use with 11-16 students this year called Euclid and Beyond. It’s an activity based on constructions and transformations and KS5 may enjoy it as an enrichment activity.

‘The renowned Ancient Greek mathematician Euclid is best known for his work “Elements”. This study of Geometry was shared all over the world, was adapted and people independently created amazing mathematical designs and new structures. This International Day of Maths resource looks at how Euclid’s work was developed across the world and students can create their own designs following the same inspiration.’

Our resources from previous years can be found on our website: Connected World – 2022; Maths for a Better World – 2021 These resources also fit well with this year’s theme. I’ve used the ‘Journey of Cocoa’ resource myself and the students really enjoyed it! The IDM314 are celebrating 14 March with a series of talks (many with English subtitles) online. The event includes talks covering gaming, prime numbers, tangrams, and magic. Further details can be found here.

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