101 (productive) things to do this summer!

By Maths Doctor Monday, July 29, 2013

Every parent ponders how to entertain their children during the long summer break from school, yet have you ever considered how to boost their education at the same time?

My Family Magazine asked us to suggest some maths- and science-related holiday ideas for children aged 3-18. The resulting article is available on page 44 of their July-September print issue that you can download free here, or check out the full list of our ideas below.

We hope these ideas inspire you and your children to find even more engaging, educational things to do, no matter where you are this summer. Feel free to share your own ideas by commenting below. Happy holidays!

Thinking of getting out and about?

You don’t have to go far to find a library, museum, gallery, aquarium, planetarium, university, playground, or club offering summer activities that include an element of maths or science. For example:

The University of Manchester Whitworth Art Gallery Colourful Sundays drop-in creative workshops constructing your own artwork using maths and art techniques; every Sunday, all year round, from 1.30pm to 3.30pm; for all ages; no need to book; free.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) events run all over the summer e.g. the BG Group Earth & Marine Science Summer School from 18-22 July for Y11/Y12 students, with lab-based, on-shore and off-shore activities in London and Southampton.

Camp Experts, a free UK advisory service on teen summer camps in the UK and abroad; camp courses include Maths & Chaos Theory for ages 11-14, and courses in robotics and engineering.

Debate Chamber at the University of London Union; various summer school courses in July and August e.g. Maths and Physics for ages 15-18, or Young Thinkers (including the philosophy of Harry Potter!) for ages 11-14; costs £310-£390, some bursaries available.

Working/Living Heritage Centres (various entry costs): immerse your children in the industrial revolution at the Black Country Living Museum in Dudley; explore telecommunications, transport, architecture, printing, nature trails and more, including hands-on activity days in August, at Amberley Museum in West Sussex.

Digital technology ‘maker’ events: Manchester’s FabLab offers a five-day course from 29 July-2 Aug using the latest digital design and 3D printing technology to build products such as remote-controlled robots, for ages 11-16, £249; Cambridge’s Makespace community inventing lab runs Family Makers member workshops every Sunday from 10am-12 noon, for all ages, c.£3-£5pp.

The Science Museum, London; interactive displays, including the Mathematics gallery where you’ll discover the maths behind gunnery, carpentry, mapping, MP3 players and more; for all ages; free entry to most of the museum.