Mathematics in Education and Industry (MEI)
MEI is committed to improving mathematics education and promotes teaching and learning through different strands of activity. We support teachers through a range of professional development opportunities, including our annual conference. Innovative resources are continually being developed to extend and enrich your knowledge of mathematics, whether teacher, student, undergraduate or member of the workforce.
MEI takes various opportunities to share and discuss with you the changing landscape of mathematics education, including consultation, discussions, social media, and our newsletters. Another way you can get involved is through our membership scheme. Our local branches for Members and Educational Associates provide professional development as well as a forum for discussion.
MEI is an independent charity; any income generated through our work is used to support mathematics education. We are a partner in the NCETM consortium, with responsibility for the secondary mathematics strand and also manage the government-funded Further Mathematics Support Programme.
Maths Item of the Month
MEI Conference - Sessions about famous mathematicians
The 2015 MEI conference featured a strand of sessions about 12 famous mathematicians. The following problem is from the session about John Conway.
There are only three numbers (>1) that can be written as the sum of fourth powers of their digits:
1634 = 14 + 64 +34 +44
8208 = 84 + 24 + 04 + 84
9474 = 94 + 44 + 74 + 44
Find the smallest number (>1) that can be written as the sum of fifth powers of its digits.
This year the 2016 Conference will feature a strand of sessions about a different set of 12 famous mathematicians. To see details of these, and other sessions, visit the conference website: conference.mei.org.uk
A list of Maths Items of the Month categorised by GCSE/A level topics can be seen at: Maths Items of the Month Curriculum mapping.