STEM Talks

STEM Talks

Our top set mathematicians in Year 10 hopefully went some way to answering the age old question of 'where is Maths actually used in real life?' when we hosted three speakers from varying mathematical careers. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) careers are growing in demand as technology moves on at pace. Keeley Stepney talked about how her work as a reliability engineer, for a company that drills fields for oil, involves her calculating the optimal time to service the drilling sensors in order to minimise costs. Lee Hampton-Whitehead spoke about his work as a data scientist, extracting meaningful insights from large volumes of data. Using algorithms to find patterns, he has written reports to customer service teams and investigated large scale broadband reliability. Our final guest, Richard Wooller, gave us an eye opening account of his work in mining for ore. He talked of discounted cashflow systems being used to ensure mining was done with maximum efficiency and profit, investigating whether the cost improving machinery or increasing intensity would actually yield greater long term profit. Each speaker was excellent and was able to inform the boys of how they had progressed to where they are now and how mathematics is an integral part of any business or scientific project. I hope this has sparked some interest amongst the boys about future career opportunities in the field of Mathematics.

KJ - Monday 15 June 2015