Firstly, we were able to hear about the experiences and successes of the British Maths Olympiad Team (which, infuriatingly, consisted of 6 males). They competed in Thailand and Malaysia and brought home 4 silver medals, one bronze medal and a highly commended. One of the boys managed to miss a gold medal by one mark for 3 successive years.
Using an overhead projector instead of the traditional slideshow, Professor McBride managed to solve and explain a number of maths challenges in an engaging and enlightening way.
One of the problems was this:
Another interesting but random fact he told us was one of his favourite numbers - A Münchhausen number:
When each digit is taken to its own powers, ie:
3^3 + 4^4 + 3^3 + 5^5
The sum of the number is equal to the original 3435.
We were delighted that we were given this incredible opportunity to hear from such a prestigious professor and also to be able to visit the Royal Society.
Maria and Riya, Year 12