Help students stay connected with maths and their classmates during the school closures.
Take part in the I’m a Mathematician (IAM) online maths engagement activity, running 1 June to 17 July.
Anyone in a job where maths is important can sign up to:
- Chat with students and teachers using a simple messaging platform
- Answer their questions about maths and your job
- Compete to be voted Mathematician of the Week
Really great questions about maths, statistics and the type of work mathematicians do.
Sophie, Business Analyst
Get involved in online maths engagement
Any questions or issues with the form, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
About I’m a Mathematician, Stay at home
Across the UK, school students’ education has been disrupted, classes are split up and maths teachers are tasked with providing remote activities.
I’m a Mathematician is an online public engagement activity that gets all kinds of mathematician – anyone with maths at the centre of their work in the private sector, public sector, or academia – talking to students during school closures.
You develop communication skills, gain a fresh perspective on your work, and find out what young people think about maths.
Everything happens online so it’s easy for you to be involved right from your computer or smartphone and at times that suit your schedule.
You put up a profile on this site, answer students’ questions and engage directly with students in live chats. It’s also a competition. Students vote for their favourite person to win Mathematician of the Week.
I’m a Mathematician is based on the long running I’m a Scientist project.
Who can sign up
The activity shows students the wide variety of careers that maths is important for. You could be a:
- Sports Analyst
- PhD Student
- Bank Cashier
- Finance Administrator
- Or anyone using maths in their job.
You do not need to have a PhD in Maths. If you’re using maths everyday, you’re probably eligible. To check if you’d be accepted, contact Antony at email@example.com
Maths teachers: You are already the key mathematician in your students’ lives. Want to connect them with people in a range of maths roles? Register your classes.
Live chats with classes
Live chats last 40 minutes; they are text-based, fast paced and fun. We don’t expect you to attend every chat. Go to whatever fits your schedule each week.
Time commitment is flexible and the format is designed to so you can fit taking part into your normal schedule as much as possible.
Most people say they spend around 1-2 hours on the site on the days they log in; maybe 1 hour in live chats and another hour answering any new student questions in ASK section, which can be during the evening or at lunch, whenever suits.
As an example, see how the similar IAS activity fits into the schedule of a busy scientist.
Questions students ask
Students will ask you questions about anything they like: about you as a person, your work and maths in general.
All questions are moderated, to remove duplicate questions, as well as rude or offensive ones.
The variety of questions you get and reactions from students are key to the benefits people get from taking part.
Voting ups the excitement
Students vote for their favourite person and each Friday someone is crowned Mathematician of the Week.
You can take this competitive element as seriously as you like, but be aware the students enjoy thinking about who to vote for. Look out for questions asking you to state why they should vote for you.
Zones: A group of mathematicians and schools
The activity is divided into ‘zones’, including a particular group of mathematicians and schools in each one.
This term there is a Circle Zone, which is open to all kinds of mathematician.
Equipment you need
All you need is a computer with internet access. The live chats are hosted on a simple messaging platform (no video or audio needed) and run through this site. Find out more about the benefits of a typing-focused format.
Any questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org