We feel that it is important for our Sixth Form students to experience the lecture environment during their time in Years 12 and 13, to give them a small idea of what university life could be like. To that end, a small group of Gifted & Talented A-Level mathematics students visited Royal Holloway, University of London on the evening of Wednesday 4 November.

The talk was titled ‘Chess at 200mph: The Game of Formula 1 Strategy‘, and was led by Gareth Griffith, a feature film and major sports software specialist. Gareth’s software has been used in over 500 films, including the ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy and Steven Spielberg’s classic ‘Jurassic Park’.

The lecture itself focused on the mathematical techniques behind race strategy at the Mercedes-Benz Formula 1 team, and was a very rewarding experience for the nine boys who attended. It was designed to bridge the gap between A-Level and university teaching, and left the Year 12 students with plenty to ponder as they consider their next steps.


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