Parents, Public and Families

Maths On The Go

When life is busy, it isn't always possible to sit down with your child and help them get to grips with important maths skills like multiplication, fractions and general problem solving.  In this lively talk, Rob offers a range of simple tips and games that you can try anywhere, any time.  Find out how to make the most of time spent in the car, at the shops, at the breakfast table and much, much more.

Maths, Magic and Mystery

First delivered at the Ilkley Book Festival in 2010, this is an entertaining, family-friendly look at the surprising maths that anyone can explore at home. The talk includes mind-reading tricks, games and a surprising revelation about PG Tips teabags. It works best with a mixed audience of adults and children aged 6+, and is particularly suitable for parents who are terrified of maths.

Maths for Mums and Dads

Why does my child look blank - or have a tantrum - when I demonstrate 'long multiplication'? And what on earth is 'chunking'? In this lively talk-come-workshop for parents of primary children, Rob gently guides anxious parents through modern methods of teaching arithmetic, explaining why things have changed, and what you can do to make maths more enjoyable at home. Packed with practical tips and ideas, it's a down-to-earth, accessible talk, ideal for after-school, parents-only events.

Is This how Derren Brown Does It?

Everyone loves a bit of mind control, but was Derren Brown really using pure psychology when he revealed his dinner host's PIN number and won at poker against all the odds? In a fascinating hour, Rob demonstrates some stunning tricks that certainly look like telepathy. Two of them have even featured on Derren Brown's TV shows. But these tricks are actually based on maths. And by the way - the less maths you know, the better.

The Hidden Maths of Sport

When people think about the maths of sport, they are usually thinking of statistics. But there is real maths in sport too - What are the best tactics of a middle-distance runner? Why is a regular football so hard to draw? Where should a rugby ball be placed when taking a conversion? Why do tennis servers have a slow second serve rather than a fast one? And where should you aim on the dartboard? With plenty of practical applications of geometry, mechanics and probability, this entertaining talk is about the *real* maths of sport. This talk is suitable for any group with an interest in sport, aged 16 upwards.