My name is Paul Slater and I’m a maths & science tutor. I’m a qualified teacher (QTS) with experience of teaching in secondary schools and Further Education college.
> I’m excited to be involved in Lancaster Fun Palace this year. I’ll be hosing “Maths at the Museum” in the downstairs gallery of the City Museum (to the right as you enter the museum) on Saturday 05 October from 11am to 1pm. Drop in to the session at any time and try your hand at various different maths puzzles suitable for all ages and abilities.
> The ethos of Fun Palaces as ‘laboratories of fun’ and ‘a university of the streets’ is one that strongly appeals to me. It is never too late to start (and keep!) learning. Encouraging people to engage with maths and science in a friendly, accessible and informal environment helps to demystify these subjects and reduce anxiety connected with them. I strongly believe that community engagement has a key part to play in education – for example, I run a series of free maths evening classes for adults in East Lancashire twice a week to boost skills, improve confidence and help parents and guardians to help their kids with their homework. Through these sessions I see, first hand, how improving accessibility to difficult subjects helps people feel more comfortable in continuing learning.
> Maths is fun but it can also be challenging and that can be off-putting to a lot of people. Fun Palaces help to make maths and science accessible to all – it’s a great opportunity for the community to get together in a welcoming environment and celebrate the fun and excitement that can come from knowledge and learning, and from sharing that experience with others. See you there!