Maths is all around us and has enabled all the features of our modern world. Doing maths is all about looking for and working with patterns. It has its own language and rules, and once you master the basics you can achieve the impossible!
The maths we learn at school is organised into categories to help us learn the language and rules quicker: there’s number and algebra, measurement and geometry, and statistics and probability. But in the real world engineers, scientists, software developers, industrial designers and astronauts use a combination of different kinds of maths concepts to help with challenges like solving climate change, using energy more efficiently and even in space exploration.
While using their maths skills, these STEM experts are also considering other things like sustainability, ethics and social impacts. Everything in the world around you is connected and starts with the maths you learn at school.
Check out these four fun facts on how maths matters.