CLL students get a mathematical view of London

16 May 2018

Our Centre for Lifelong Learning had one of its most well attended trips recently, as over 50 maths students went on a trip to the London Eye.

Students, teachers from CLL and trainee teachers from the UCL’s Institute of Education visited the famous landmark to take part in some practical, real world maths problems, as well as take in the beautiful views.

It was an eventful day, with bus break downs en route and diverted buses due to May Day marches upon return - however, the sun was shining and this all added to the education.

At the start of the day, the top deck of the number 4 bus was transformed into a classroom, with students completing problem solving activities as they made their way across the capital to the London Eye.

“It was fantastic to see students from a wide variety of abilities come together to transfer the concepts they’d been studying in the classroom to practical scenarios in the real world."

As with the top deck, the London Eye pods were turned into makeshift classrooms. Students had discussions about the maths problems, with one question in particular resulting in a lively dialogue between students and teachers. Because the trip was comprised of students of varying ability - students were able to speak to each other about progressing through levels, with lots of positive discussion about the expectations of the courses. Students identified landmarks and completed questions relating to rotation, speed, distance, time and circumference.

Rosie Iribas, CLL lecturer who organised the trip, said: “It was fantastic to see students from a wide variety of abilities come together to transfer the concepts they’d been studying in the classroom to practical scenarios in the real world. I loved seeing such positive and lively debate all based around maths!”

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