Metrocentre Brings Maths to the Mall


214crowdLast weekend, Metrocentre proved that a field trip to the mall could be extremely educational. Working with Steve Humble, from Newcastle University’s School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences, it presented hundreds of students with a day that was part shopping center tour, part math challenge.

According to the Evening Chronicle,  Maths in the Mall was devised to show students that you don’t need to stay in the classroom to learn about math. The tour took the youngsters through the mall and quizzed them with questions about how many people would go up an escalator in an hour, or how to calculate the size of glass panels.

Steve, who is also the Guinness World Record holder for the most children learning maths outside the classroom, said: “The whole idea behind Maths in the Malls is to show that you can learn about maths anywhere.

“There’s this idea that maths is very hard and you have to be very clever to do well in it. That’s just not true and it’s the reason why I invited parents and carers along too – we wanted to show them that you don’t have to have a degree in maths to help your child.

“All the tools you need are out there in everyday life, you just need to understand how to use them.”

 


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