Around the World in 60 Minutes

Thursday 18th May 2023 OR Wednesday 24th May 2023

AM show 9:20am – 10:20am BST, or PM show 1:50pm – 2:50pm BST on both days

Live virtual show for Key Stage 3 (Year 7 – 9) 

£55 + VAT per classroom

Around the World in 60 Minutes is a virtual maths show where Key Stage 3 students will use maths to explore the places and people of the world around us. 

Join Zoe Griffiths to explore how maths links to flight paths, to discover fascinating patterns in population data and to find the maths hidden in the very fabric of islands and land masses themselves. This is an interactive talk; students will take part in a hands-on activity, a magic trick and an audience experiment, and there will be some opportunity to volunteer and to vote in online polls. Maths topics covered include: spherical geometry, fractals and Benford’s Law.

The show is suitable for Key Stage 3, middle or higher attainment. Note: this is a repeat (with a couple of slight changes) of Around the World in 60 Minutes show that Zoe did in May 2022.

This show features maths activities and ideas in the context of all things geographical – a perfect joint event for your maths and geography departments. The talk will touch on both human geography topics (such as use of maps and populations) and physical geography topics (such as the nature of coastlines).  


Accessing the show

The students will watch the show by their teacher logging in to our zoom call and projecting to students.

We advise for the best functionality to access the call via the zoom app (zoom desktop client or mobile app), rather than the web browser/client. The zoom desktop client can be downloaded here:

The show is not being recorded so can only be viewed at the times listed above.

One classroom ticket will entitle a school to have one device logged into the zoom call. Therefore this will enable you to project the show to one classroom of students only. We will post printed card resources for the show and for students to take home. We will provide enough for each student, up to a maximum of 35 students per classroom ticket.

This show includes a hands-on activity so is designed for students to be sat at tables.

It is also designed for students to be classroom size groups: there is one point where the teacher will need to count all the votes from the students in their class and enter them into an online form, which will be less manageable if students are viewing as a large group in a hall.


The talk content will last for 1 hour starting promptly at 9:20am/1:50pm and lasting until 10:20am/2:50pm. This doesn’t allow time for students to arrive/be registered/be given out the posted materials. We advise students are seated and ready for the start of the talk by 9:15am/1.45pm. The posted materials will be needed from the very start of the show.

Puzzles will be projected from 9:00am/1.30pm for early students.

Student activity

The show is for lots of classrooms from different schools at the same time and the pace is suitable for students who are on task and following instructions swiftly. We also advise the session may be less suitable for students who struggle to follow simple instructions independently.

Teacher involvement

Although all the explanation and instructions are given to the students by Zoe, it’s realistic that teachers will need to follow the session as well so they can repeat instructions or support some students with activities if needed. There will be some teacher involvement necessary eg to collect students votes, and to volunteer your classroom to be on camera if you wish (this is optional and we’ll only need a couple of classrooms across the whole hour). 


Students will need to have a pencil and an eraser. A ruler is helpful but not essential. Students will need scrap paper if taking part in the pre-show puzzles. There will also be the opportunity to vote in online polls – if students are allowed to use their phones/a device to vote individually/in pairs, this is encouraged. As an alternative, the teacher can vote.

How to book

Places are limited so we advise booking as soon as you can. Due to the logistics of making and posting resources we are aiming to have taken all bookings by 21st April.

Email  to book, letting us know how many classroom tickets you would like and for which date. We will then reserve spaces for you and email you an invoice. The deadline for payments is  Friday 21st April 2022.  Terms and conditions can be viewed at: