Turing Pattern Project virtual session

Monday to Friday FREE
This is a black and white portrait of Alan Turing, by Elliott & Fry taken on 29 March 1951. It was given by the sitter's mother, Ethel Sara Turing (née Stoney), 1956 to the National Portrait Gallery. Alan Turing is wearing a suit and a tie. The photograph is signed Elliot&Fry.Copyrights: © National Portrait Gallery, London
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A virtual session for primary learners in collaboration with the University of Sheffield’s Turing Pattern Project

Alan Turing is famous for his contributions to wartime codebreaking and for designing some of the world's first computers. It is less known that Alan Turing spent much of his time trying to understand patterns in nature. In his last published work, Turing wrote mathematics to describe how a leopard gets its spots, how sand dunes form in the desert and even how our fingerprints are made.


In collaboration with the University of Sheffield’s Turing Pattern Project, we are inviting primary leaners to discover Alan Turing's work in nature through this virtual session. Learners will explore patterns in nature, learn how to describe them with maths and investigate how to change patterns with calculations. At the end of the session they will contribute to the creation of a pattern that has already been started by students all over the UK. Your learners will also be introduced to the British Library and our connections to Alan Turing’s life and work.

This workshop is available until 22 October.

Please note, learners will require access to an internet-enabled device for the session.


Age group: Years 5 - 6
When: Monday to Friday
Length: Two 50-minute consecutive sessions, with a break in between
Group size:

Maximum group size - 30; minimum - 10

Key skills: Maths
Price: Admission: Free entry
Where: Online
Enquiries: learning@bl.uk
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