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Faculty of Mathematics

 

Introduction

The Millennium Mathematics Project (MMP) is an award-winning maths education and outreach initiative for ages 3 to 19 and the general public, involving staff in both the Faculty of Mathematics and the Faculty of Education. We aim to give the widest possible opportunities to experience a rich, imaginative, challenging mathematical education. Our innovative free online resources reach more than 7.5 million users worldwide, and we work face-to-face with thousands of school students, teachers and members of the public each year.

The project consists of a family of complementary programmes, including our very successful NRICH and Plus websites. We focus on developing problem-solving skills, increasing mathematical understanding, confidence and enjoyment, and promoting creative and rich approaches to mathematics. Our resources and activities cover all stages of school education, from early years (ages 3 - 5) through primary and secondary education right through to the transition from school to university at age 18, and include support and professional development for teachers. We encourage lifelong learning with hands-on maths events and resources for families and the wider public.

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MMP programmes and activities

Our activities include:

  • The NRICH website publishes free online maths education resources for ages 3 to 19, focusing on problem-solving.
  • Plus is a free online mathematics magazine aimed at the interested general reader, including older students (16+).
  • NRICH staff visit schools to run hands-on workshops and NRICH Maths Roadshow days for school students and professional development training for teachers.
  • We organise events for schools and the public held in Cambridge;
  • The MMP hosts the regional East of England co-ordination for the Further Mathematics Support Programme.
  • We co-ordinate STIMULUS, a student volunteer programme creating teaching placements in local Cambridge primary and secondary schools for volunteer Cambridge University students to help with maths, science and computing classes

We also work closely with the new DfE-funded Underground Mathematics project, which has developed resources to support post-16 mathematics, and STEP Correspondence Project, supporting potential university applicants.

 

Impact and reach

The project is active nationally and internationally, and has a significant impact and reach. In the 2015/16 school year our web-based mathematical resources attracted over 11 million visits from users worldwide and more than 43 million page views; around 15,000 school students and more than 4,000 teachers were involved in our face-to-face activities and events; and the STIMULUS programme created over 200 placements for Cambridge student volunteers in local schools.

In 2006 the Queen presented the project with the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education, honouring ‘outstanding achievement and excellence’ at world-class level.

To find out more about all our activities and resources please see the MMP website: maths.org