Our ultimate mission is to launch as many maths teams as there are football teams in the UK. When children practice and compete in logic puzzles, they spread the love of maths and academic achievement by representing their school just like the sports teams do. This is crucially important because maths underpins the skills children will need in a tech-led workplace. Your funding will allow us to buy all the equipment we need (see our box design picture, for example) to hold weekly practices run by secondary school students who act as brilliant role models. Ultimately we want to make maths as cool as football at schools. That means making it visible, including by having team t-shirts, that allow mathletes to go back to school and become role models to their younger peers. This local league is our first prototype. It's a real learning opportunity for us so that when we expand across the borough and eventually across the UK, we do so with our best foot forward.
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Maths teams nurtures children’s intellectual grit and ambition through puzzles, logic, teamwork and a good dose of fun. We want children to thrive in the tech-driven future they will inherit and to elevate the UK's position in science and the global economy. Maths teams will allow children to tackle very difficult problems using logic, teamwork and the Socratic method. The UK has a diversity problem in maths and STEM. There are too few girls and children from underprivileged backgrounds thriving in high-value careers. Without maths and logic, children lack the foundation to go beyond very basic coding, robbing them of a future potential. This project is just the start. We are building a pipeline of support from primary school, to secondary school, to university and employment, to close the big talent gap UK companies face.
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Thank you to our friends and community members. We still have a ways to go and fundraising is HARD. So please spread the word. Unlike garden projects, our benefit may not be immediately visible, or raise the value of your home. But the benefit of a more engaged and employed group of young people and volunteers will bring dividends to us all. You'll be funding the 'garden' that will grow the inventors, problem solvers and leaders of tomorrow.
The coaches have signed up and so have the primary school teams. Latymer has made it official. This term is all about bedding down our approach so we can then involve the state secondary schools waiting for their teenagers to have the chance to be a coach, host a league and become part of the Maths Teams support network. We are so grateful to Latymer for being our incubator. Now all they need is us to bring it on! Please help us make it happen by pledging. GoCardless's minimum is £2. We are grateful for every penny. If we don't hit our target by mid-December, we get zero and that's a bit scary.
Eric Schmidt, who turned Google into what it is today, believes that one of the most valuable things society can do is seek and find its “lost Einsteins” and give them a support network. He made the remark at McKinsey’s BLINK conference. It was a moment in which my day job collided with my start-up passion because that is what we do at Maths Teams, or at least one of the things. We also provide a place where such children can feel they belong, all the while becoming role models for others. On another note, we hit 30 pledges today. Hurrah! That was our target for this week and we got there thanks to a combination of generous folks who are close to Maths Teams, some having benefited directly and others who believe our mission will help everyone. And a lovely group from within our community who want to see us bring Maths Teams to other schools in Hammersmith and Fulham. #lovingwhatwedo #lovingwherewelive #gratitude