Black History Month 2020
The AMSP aims to increase participation in Core Maths, AS/A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics, and improve the teaching of these level 3 maths qualifications.
The programme prioritises support for state-funded schools and colleges in areas of low social mobility so that all students – whatever their ethnicity, gender or background – can have access to high quality teaching and choose their best post-16 maths pathway.
The resources, links and events below have been gathered together to support maths teachers as they plan learning opportunities for Black History Month.
In previous years, October has been one of the few times of the year when there is a focus on the achievements of black people in Britain. The events of 2020 suggest that this is not enough – black history cannot just be covered in one month of the year. However, Black History Month 2020 can be a time for schools and college communities to come together and to learn lessons from the past for the present and the future.
Teaching and Learning Activities
- The Maths of Migration from PositiveNegatives
- Our Migration Story – The Making of Britain (This is primarily a history resource, but could easily be adapted for a cross-curricular project as several of the activities require basic statistical analysis.)
- World Migration Desmos Activity from the NY Times
- Guidance on Teaching Migration from the Migration Museum
- The excellent Mathematics of Black Panther is one of the activities included in the Chalk Dust Magazine Archive of Black Mathematician Month.
- There are many articles concerning the potential of Black Panther (2018) to raise aspirations towards STEM study, particularly for girls of colour – see, for example, “How ‘Black Panther’ Influences Stem Diversity Beyond Wakanda”.
Data Science Activities
- UK Ethnicity facts and figures provides government data on the UK’s different ethnic groups.
- UCAS 2020 Cycle Applications Data provides useful online tools to analyse universities entries data by many variables, including ethnicity.
- Chalk Dust Magazine Archive of Black Mathematician Month – This includes the useful data science article, “Why do Afro-Caribbean pupils underachieve in education?”.
- Beyond Black History Month: Teaching black and diverse histories and experiences from BBC Teach and the TES is live at 7pm on Wednesday 21 October 2020.
- LMS-IMA-BSHM Joint Meeting: Black Heroes of Mathematics – 26 Oct to 27 Oct 2020. You can register here.
- Black History Month 2020 are organising a large number of events during October, some of which cover STEM topics.
- Chalk Dust Magazine Archive of Black Mathematician Month includes several articles reflecting on the lives and significance of black mathematicians.
- The Black Heroes of Mathematics at Maths Careers
- The IMA BAME Page has interviews with many black mathematicians, including Dr Nira Chamberlain, the current president of the IMA.
- Florence Adepoju on Equals Inspo
- Ann-Marie Imafidon (CEO of Stemettes) on YouTube – Currently Stemettes are providing live online events, and recordings of past events, on their website.
- Abi Mohammed’s “List of Tech groups who cater or specifically includes African or Caribbean descent”
- Lola Odelola’s Podcast “Lost in the Source: A Young Black Woman’s Journey through Tech”. Links are available on Black Girl Tech.