HC Deb 13 July 1999 vol 335 cc121-2W
Mr. Spring

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many(a) Cambridge University mathematicians, (b) schools in Brent and (c) schoolchildren in Brent he estimates will work within the Cambridge Motivate project in (i) the first year and (ii) the first five years. [90605]

Mr. Chris Smith

The Cambridge Motivate project is a pilot project supported by the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA).

The project will involve five volunteer Cambridge University mathematicians, assisted by a number of Cambridge Education Department mathematical educationalists. In the first year, a total of up to 125 students (12–18) will be involved in the project, to include up to 50 students from two schools in Brent and up to 75 students from three schools in neighbouring London boroughs. Each of those involved will be trained to disseminate their work to five other students in their own schools, so that up to a further 250 students in Brent and 375 students in other schools will be involved in a less direct way. The mathematical problems posed will also be available on the Motivate website for others to explore.

NESTA will support the project for one year. The impact of the project will be evaluated as it progresses and it may be expanded to more students once its impact has been assessed.