On 15 February, 19 pupils and 3 teachers traveled to Florence for a 3 night residential in Tuscany, Italy.
After a very early start Friday morning, the group arrived in Florence to begin their mathematical adventure. First on the agenda was a visit to the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore – famed for its geometrical significance. Whilst there they climbed Giotto’s Bells Tower, ascended Brunelleschi’s Dome, visited the Baptistery, Cathedral Crypt and Cathedral Museum.
During the second day, pupils were treated to a visit to Museo Galileo. A museum dedicated to the scientific and mathematical advances of Galileo Galilei and other significant polymaths of the 16th Century. Here pupils learnt first-hand how Galileo’s observations were developed into a mathematical model.
Also during the second day the group visited the Museo Leonardo da Vinci, an interactive experience where pupils could experiment with working machines that had been made following Leonardo da Vinci’s drawings. They also managed to squeeze in a visit to the Boboli Gardens and the world famous Uffizi Gallery.
On Sunday, pupils traveled to Pisa, famous for Fibonacci di Pisa, stunning Cathedral, and world renowned bell tower with unintentional lean. Whilst in Pisa the group entered the Cathedral, Baptistery and Camposanto Monumentale, and climbed the Learning Tower of Pisa.
For our final day, the group visited Il Giardino di Achimede, an interactive museum dedicated to all things mathematical. Here the group worked on different proofs of Pythagoras’ Theorem, and were guided through the history of Mathematics; from simple circle construction to curves of quickest decent and more complex geometrical forms. Pupils discovered the real-life application of mathematics and how it has transformed the world around us.
“One of the best trips I have ever been on!” – Alex Williams Y10
“Everything was stunning, both mathematically and visually.” – Luke Burnett Y13
Published: Friday, 1st March 2019