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Boffins battle it out in maths challenge

MATHS whizz-kids from Solihull School progressed to the national final after narrowly beating Solihull Sixth Form College in the local heat of the Senior Team Mathematics Challenge last week.

MATHS whizz-kids from Solihull School progressed to the national final after narrowly beating Solihull Sixth Form College in the local heat of the Senior Team Mathematics Challenge last week.

The College played host to the action-packed event which saw numerical genius’s battle against each other in a series of challenging events.

The Challenge is organised jointly by the UK Mathematics Trust and the Further Mathematics Network and the Solihull contest (one of 50 nationwide) was organised by the Solihull Further Mathematics Hub, which is based at the College.

To take part, eight schools and colleges entered teams of four students, of which at most two could be in Year 13.

The College’s team was made up of Gemma Harris and Cyrus Lim (both in Year 13), as well as Henry Jiaye and Matthew Parkes (both in their first year).

They were selected from almost 800 students studying Maths, Further Maths and/or Statistics at A Level at the College.

In the first round the teams were given 10 questions to answer in 40 minutes however apparatus such as calculators, rulers, protractors and other mathematical equipment were prohibited from use.

Round two was a numbers crossword and the final round was a mini-relay which the competitors had to answer alternatively.

Alan Harper, Head of Maths at the College, said the event was a success enjoyed by all.

“The students worked well together and enjoyed the experience of competing in this contest.

“We are delighted that the interest in mathematics and excitement about the subject is growing rapidly at the college at a time when the numbers studying the subject across the country is said to be declining.”

 

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