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Black British Maths Genius Teaches Kids How to be a Mathematician 

By Features Desk

Monday, August 17, 2020.

Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE is a prodigy in every sense of the word. At aged 11, she became the youngest British girl ever to pass A-level computing, and was only 20 years old when she received her Master’s Degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Oxford. 

Dr Imafidon is the ideal role model for budding mathematicians. Her life experience underlines the exciting career prospects that mathematics provides young people. She regularly appears on British television and in international media.  Since completing university education, she has forged an enviable career, including positions at Goldman Sachs, Hewlett-Packard and Deutsche Bank. She has also been awarded several honorary doctorates from universities that include the University of Oxford, the Open University and the University of Bristol. She is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Sunderland.

Her wealth of experience and pioneering spirit led her to co-found the Stemettes, an award-winning social initiative dedicated to inspiring and promoting the next generation of young women in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) sectors. 

Dr Imafidon wants to pass on tips on how to be a Mathematician to children of African descent. Her new book, How to be a Maths Whizz, is aimed at showing youngsters that being a mathematician is not just about scrawling numbers on a dusty chalkboard - it is part of our everyday lives. 

The book is suitable for most age ranges, but mainly targeted at those aged seven to nine.

Dr Imafidon says How to be a Maths Whizz will teach kids to think like maths pros as they ask mathematical questions and get hands-on with key maths concepts. From calculation and place value, to time, shapes, and measurements, core curriculum maths topics are covered in creative and engaging ways.

“This book invites children to investigate maths in a playful and hands-on way, using things from around their homes: finding out about 3D shapes by designing and building their own city, learn about measurement by growing their own plant, and uncover the mystery of coordinates through drawing their own treasure map,” she says.  

Black British Maths Genius Teaches Kids How to be a Mathematician

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