## Mathspig is Going to the ICME Hamburg 2016 …………………………Woo Hoo!

December 21, 2015

# Hello Little Munchins,

Much to the amazement of many, including my piggy-self, Mathspig is off to present a workshop at the International Congress on Mathematical Education, Hamburg, 2016. Mathspig was surpised and delighted, of course, because humour and maths are often considered polar opposites.

Here, in part, is the workshop I will present:

## Making middle-school maths real, relevant, deadly serious and π-in-your-face funny!

I always loved, loved, loved maths at school, at university and teaching maths for 10 years. In 2009 I became Mathspig, funster maths blogger and guru to show teachers at conferences that maths could be fun.

By then I had been working as a journalist, humourist and public speaker for 25 years. Coming back to maths after such a break, I was hit with a mathematical epiphany. Suddenly, I realised that all of the maths problems I had solved at school, at university and teaching involved answers that were meaningless to me. All I wanted was to get them right and move on.

So I set out to ask maths questions that have answers middle-school students, especially, will want to know.

How much do they stretch models’ legs using Photoshop? How do you calculate ramp distances for a stunt motorbike jump? How long does it take a 14 year old to bleed to death from an arrow wound? How many calories – for Twilight fans – are in a litre of blood? Why should Headbangers study geometry? Could you return Andy Murray’s serve? How old is your hair? Why was trigonometry needed to produce the CGI image of Merida’s curly hair in the movie, BRAVE?

And here,for those of you looking to make middle school maths real, relevant, deadly serious and π-in-your-face funny are just some of the relevant links:

Odd Bods in Marie Claire: How much do they stretch modles legs in magazines?

Stuntman Jump: The trigonometry of Motor Bike Ramps

Hunger Games: Surivival Maths 1: How long would it take a 14-year-old to bleed to death from an arrow wound?

How man calories in a litre of blood? And therefore, how many Shi Tzus would a health young Vampire need to get their blood fix each night?

Could you return Andy Murray’s serve?