Careers involving data and statistics

A series of careers-based teaching resources and lesson plans designed to cover data and statistical topics within the mathematics curriculum.

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Mathematics for Engineering Exemplars

These Mathematics for Engineering exemplars provide support for teachers using contextualised mathematics, and help students gain fluency in the use of mathematics for practical problem solving.

This collection also illustrates some of the mathematics in the Advanced Diploma in Engineering, undertaken by engineers.

publication year
2010 to date

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Real life maths - Anna Fraszczyk

STEM Ambassador Anna Fraszczyk is a Newcastle University researcher for NewRail. Her role involves supporting the teaching and learning activities at NewRail by mentoring students, engaging with stakeholders (people who own or have invested in the company) and organising and coordinating rail education activities and events.

publication year
2010 to date

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Real life maths - Karen Dawe

Dr Karen Dawe is a STEM Ambassador and Research Associate for ALSPAC (Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children aka 'children of the 90's'). She is in charge of data quality for the ‘Focus on Mothers’ clinic which is gathering data on the mums of the ‘children of the 90s’. She writes monthly reports on quality and accuracy of data and advises fieldworkers (the nurses that work with the mums) on how to improve and maintain data quality. She is also part of a team of ‘data buddies’ who create data files for research collaborators around the world and advises them on how to get the best from their data.

publication year
2010 to date

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Mathematics in Real Life Contexts - Air Travel

A collection of three resources exploring the mathematics used in air travel. Students explore:

  • Scheduling of aircraft, the construction of timetables and dealing with time zone differences
  • Scheduling pilots, using formulae to calculate the working time of pilots
  • The use of formulae to calculate flight charges accrued by aircraft flying over different countries
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1990 - 1999

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Maths Careers: Statistically safe sex

This collection contains a range of teaching materials to support the Maths Careers articles 'Statistically safe sex' and 'How to have a healthy sex life'.

The resource collection includes a link to both articles, resources to explore the statistics and probability behind them.

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Maths Careers: Big Data Careers

This collection contains a range of teaching materials to support the Maths Careers article 'Big Data Careers'.

The resource collection includes a link to the full article, resources to explore large data sets in real-life contexts. Activities include a look at how statistics help us understand the world, a look at the miss-match between real and perceived risk and a debate around whether we should sequence the genomes of a million people in order to find out more about living longer and healthier. Also included is a link to the CensusAtSchool project provides access to large and meaningful data sets for classroom use.

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Maths Careers: The maths of online dating

This collection contains a range of teaching materials to support the Maths Careers article 'The maths of online dating' by Hazel Lewis. The resource collection includes a link to the full article, explores what makes people attractive and classroom resources for teaching algorithms, modeling and correlation as well as ideas for how to incorporate these topics in real-life contexts. Activities include a classroom discussion on attractiveness leading to exploration of the golden ratio, and chance to use an algorithm by applying the scoring system used for the Olympic heptathlon event. Correlation is explored via an activity around choosing favourite songs.

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Careers in Operational Research (O.R.)

A collection of video interviews showing how O.R is used in the real world. These videos, produced by the O.R Society, aim to explain what Operational Research (O.R.) is through a wide range of case studies and can be used to highlight ‘real-life’ applications of mathematics. The videos can also be used to help make career choices as they demonstrate the variety and type of work that can be undertaken in the profession. The videos complement study in many areas of mathematics, especially decision mathematics. The use of OR in travel, logistics, and hospitals is explored.

publication year
2010 to date

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cre8ate maths

Cre8ate resources explore twelve different employment sectors, and include activities that relate to the industrial or work related aspects of the context. The key characteristic of all the resources is that they link real and significant mathematical thinking with authentic real world applications.

publication year
2010 to date

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