Four of Moreton's brightest mathematicians ventured to North West Wales for the UKMT Team Maths Challenge regional finals. Two from Lower 4: Cindy and Jack. Two from Upper 4: Maria and Simran.
The UKMT (United Kingdom Mathematics Trust) aims to advance the education of children and young people in mathematics. One of their approaches to this is by organising national competitions, aiming at 11-18 year old UK school pupils.
This year's competition did not disappoint and as always, was a fine display of intelligence and enthusiasm by all of the competitors. There are four rounds to the competition. A group challenge: teams can work individually, in pairs or all together to solve a selection of ten puzzles against the clock. A cross-number: a mutated version of your everyday crossword that involves each pair being given different clues (one pair across, one pair down) who then must complete the puzzle with only limited and controlled communication allowed between the pairs. A shuttle: pairs answer alternate questions where the answer from each problem is needed to complete the next. Finally, the relay round: pairs are spread throughout the competition hall and must take it in turns to answer a question and then sprint across the room to their assessor to check their answers and collect the next puzzling problem.
The Moreton team showed a fine display of courage, enthusiasm and mathematical resilience as they clawed their way back up the leaderboards after an unlucky first round. The team finished fourth in the region by the end of the day, after three very impressive rounds. Their assessor was very complimentary of their engagement and energy throughout.