Maths communicators are invited to apply for small grants to produce resource packs for maths communication activities. These will contain materials and instructions which will be published and promoted by the IMA for anyone to use in delivering maths communication activities.
Each grant will provide £400 to cover the development of a single activity pack, and three grants are available in this iteration of the scheme.
The packs of materials will target a small-scale activity (e.g. an event at a local public library, a university outreach event or an after-school enrichment session) which is either:
* an interactive workshop;
* a drop-in stall with interactive activities.
While the pack should be designed with a particular audience in mind, materials should be adaptable to multiple audiences, including extensions and adaptations for different age/attainment groups.
Materials produced should include:
* information about the audience the activity is primarily aimed at, including how to adapt the material for different audiences;
* notes for the activity leader(s) about how to run the activity, including rough timings if this is for a workshop;
* slides (for workshop) with IMA branding (details will be supplied);
* printable handouts with IMA branding;
* further reading notes that go beyond the content, including links to other relevant resources;
* list of required equipment.
Content should feature:
* 'real world' applications of mathematics (making use of Mathematics Matters materials or materials from the Maths Careers website if possible);
* examples of mathematicians from diverse backgrounds (making use of materials from the Maths Careers website if possible).
Communicators producing materials would be able to use the activity in their own maths communication work in future, but the IMA would retain the right to distribute and/or modify the materials in future if necessary for their own publication.
Applicants for the grant can be individuals or organisations, but the IMA must be the sole funder of the development work for the materials. Recipients are responsible for ensuring that materials do not include any copyrighted images or material and that any free-to-use licensed materials used are credited correctly.
Applicants should prepare a proposal with a list of suggested themes for resource packs - this should include a title and brief outline of an activity, along with the intended audience and a summary of topics covered. This should be limited to 300 words per suggested resource pack, and you are encouraged to submit multiple topics in case of overlap with other submissions. You should also include a brief biography outlining your experience in maths communication.
The funding panel will then select which applicants and topics will be funded, and contact successful applicants. Recipients will be selected to ensure a range of subjects and activity types.
The materials can then be developed and submitted, and applicants will receive feedback from Peter Rowlett, Katie Steckles and other members of the IMA Communications Committee. Feedback will include suggested improvements to the content and delivery/format, and ensure consistency across the different projects. Applicants will then have time to act on the feedback and develop their final versions of the materials.
Completed materials will be shared as free resources on the IMA’s website, with credit to the maths communicator who developed them.
Deadline for applications: 17th September
Successful applicants notified: w/c 4th October
First submission of materials for feedback: by 15th November
Feedback to applicants: 29th November
Second submission of materials: by 17th December
Materials online: early 2022
How to apply
Please complete the online application form: https://my.ima.org.uk/services.php?section=grants&grantid=31 You must log in to apply for the grant, but anyone can create a free account just requiring an email address.