The National Final of the Team Maths Challenge, which is run by the UK Mathematics Trust (UKMT), took place at the Royal Horticultural Halls in London and involved teams of four students aged between 12-14, competing in these five gruelling rounds:
• a group circus involving hands-on maths problems;
• a series of shuttles in which the answer from one question feeds into the next;
• a crossnumber (mathematical crossword);
• a relay race combining physical and mental agility;
• a poster competition based on a mathematical topic.
Over 1700 schools entered the competition this year and our Moreton team of four qualified earlier in the year at Colwyn Bay to take part in the fiendishly testing grand finale. Fancy a go? Here is problem 5 of the Group Circus Round from this year’s competition:
Mathematics Coordinator, Mr Quantrell, commented: “We are incredibly proud of the team and what they have achieved throughout the year. Qualifying for these Finals is an achievement in itself and requires just as rigorous a training regime as you would undertake for any sport.”
To see their live blog and to find out what the team got up to on the day click here.