Careers involving number
A series of careers-based teaching resources and lesson plans designed to cover number topics within the mathematics curriculum.
Links and Resources
This collection contains a range of teaching materials to support the Maths Careers article 'The Secrecy Scare' by Hazel Lewis. The resource collection includes a link to the full article, resources to explore prime numbers as well as ideas teaching primes in real-life contexts. Resources include an exploration of prime numbers, a look at careers at GCHQ, and an look into public key encryption.
Mel Watson is a Biomedical Scientist at the University Hospitals Bristol Foundation NHS Trust and a STEM Ambassador. Her area of specialism is Haematology – the study of blood cells. She is responsible for ensuring accurate and quality assured diagnostic reports from biological specimens, mainly blood samples, for her medical colleagues to use to diagnose, treat and monitor patients.
In this challenge students work with decimals to convert blood cell counts per litre into counts for a smaller sample that is suitable for modern automated blood count machines. Students will multiply and divide with decimal numbers, convert between different units and forms of notation, use percentages to calculate acceptable errors and apply their understanding to compare samples of varying sizes in a range of alternative blood count machines.
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.