Maths Apps

Produced in collaboration with Wales Institute of Mathematical and Computational Sciences, Maths Apps shows how maths is involved in more careers than you might think!

How can a sports scientist use a graph to help the top rugby players in the country get back to health?  How can estimation help a hairdresser?  How can maths predict the future or even help to break the land speed record?

Join us in this exciting, interactive show and find out how maths is used in all sorts of careers, some of them might just surprise you!

You can look at the Maths Apps resources, including mini-games and videos of real people who use maths in their day to day lives, by clicking here.

Learning objectives

Key Stage 3

After watching the show Key stage 3 pupils should:

  • Develop an understanding that estimation is a very useful tool to use in all calculations
  • Be able to name some real life careers where estimation is useful.
  • Be able to carry out useful estimates and understand the limitations of estimations
  • Know that a graph is a very useful way to visualise numerical data
  • Understand how graphs can be useful in many different careers
  • Know that if you have the starting conditions of certain events you are able to use mathematical modelling to make predictions about the outcome of the event
  • Know that some events are very hard to predict, but that maths help us to do this, which has great benefits in many fields, with real life examples
  • Develop an understanding that maths is essential to a wide range of careers



We will adapt the show to fit your lesson slot, up to an hour

Suggested audiences

  • 12-14 year olds

We will need the venue to provide

  • Power sockets
  • Projector screen
  • Two long tables
  • Drinking water for the Presenter
What people say about us

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    • “You had an attentive and appreciative audience, quite an achievement when you consider that there were eight hundred 14-16 year olds in the auditorium”
      R. Newby, The Training Partnership
    • “Loved how much the children were involved, and the enthusiasm of Zoë – amazing”
      Thomas’s Clapham, London
    • “We had around 2700 visitors. 98% of visitors rated the event as ‘excellent’ or ‘good’. Your session was also named by a number of guests as their ‘highlight’ of the festival”
      J. Heaton-Marriott, Lancashire Science Festival
    • “The show was organised, professional and creative. Many thanks for your hard work and commitment.”
      J. Ford, Barry Comprehensive
    • “Engineering I thought was to do with machines and I thought it would be a boring job, but now I think I might be one.”
      student age 10
    • “We all thoroughly enjoyed the two different shows that you put on for us! The children were all talk about them the following day! The teachers were too!”
      Mary Mother of Hope School, Dublin
    • “This was the best show. Amazing story! Heartfelt, emotional but furthermore very informative and I found a lot out!”
      Visitor, Lancashire Science Festival
    • “Zoe was very pleasant, enthusiastic and engaged the children throughout each show. A very enjoyable day, everyone commented on Zoe’s enthusiasm”
      Uplands Junior School
    • ‘science made simple have always been a pleasure to work with – not only when they’re presenting amazing science shows for our family audiences, but through training our own staff on their journey to becoming excellent science communicators.’
      Liz Smallman, Head of Learning , Eureka
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      K. Geary, Marlwood School, Bristol
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      R. Court, Birkdale School, Sheffield
    • “We would like to thank you for a fantastic morning of science. We like the way you included us in your presentation and experiments and gave us an insight in science throughout our life”
      Students at Carshalton High School for Girls
    • “The students loved every minute of it.  The shows were incredibly well put together, resourced and performed and it is a testament to Zoë for the hard work she puts into the prep work and the performance on the day”
      Sevenoaks School
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      Year 7 Student, Stanchester Academy
    • “David was very clever, funny and kept the children engaged.”
      Cross Gates Primary School
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      Thomas Jolyffe Primary School