Young Jersey Mathematicians take on best in the UK

| June 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
Maths Challenge

A team of four pupils from Victoria College will be competing against teams from across the British Isles for this year’s UK Team Maths Challenge trophy. The team were winners in the Channel Islands regional final, the BWCI Junior Maths Team Challenge, which attracted 14 teams from Jersey and Guernsey in March.

The Victoria College team won the opportunity to compete in the national final at the Royal Horticultural Halls in London on Monday 23 June. More than 1,700 schools entered the competition and 80 have qualified to take part in the final.

The national final, which is run by the UK Mathematics Trust, involves teams of four pupils from Years 8 and 9 competing in:

  • a group circus involving hands-on maths problems
  • a series of shuttles in which the answer from one question feeds in to the next
  • a cross number (mathematical crossword)
  • a relay race combining physical and mental agility
  • a separate poster competition based on a mathematical subject

BWCI, who sponsored the regional final, will also be covering the travel costs of the team and their teacher, Miss Gay Johnson, to get to London.

BWCI’s Business Development Manager Mike Freer, said: “We are delighted to be supporting these young people who will be representing the Channel Islands. I’m sure that they will enjoy this fantastic opportunity to meet and compete with some of the very best young mathematicians from across the UK.”

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