Team Maths Challenge 2017 – The Final
On Monday 19th June the Loughborough Grammar School junior maths team competed in the national final of the ‘Team Maths Challenge’ event, organised by the UK Maths Trust. Loughborough Grammar School had qualified for the final by winning the Leicestershire heat, for the fifth time in the last six years, and were now competing against nearly 90 of the very best maths teams from around the country.
The team consisted of Shyam Modi in Year 9, Kishan Modi in Year 8, and Alex Nelson and Matthew Younger who are both in Year 7. After taking the train to London, and experiencing the Underground on the hottest day of the year thus far, the boys arrived for the competition at a very full and warm room in the Royal Horticultural Halls.
Their first task was to design and create a poster to introduce, and answer questions about, shapes called pentominoes and hexonimoes. This was achieved by all four of the boys working together; they were still together as a team of four as they then successfully took on a range of different tasks in the first of the four rounds of the competition, which involved numbers, geometry and logic problems.
Working in pairs for the remainder of the contest, they raced against the clock in mini-relay rounds, and then a cross-number, which was particularly successful for our team, and finally a longer relay. The students had to adapt quickly to unfamiliar questions, work out their own strategy, in discussion as a team or in pairs, and then solve the set problems with as much speed and accuracy as possible. It was a real test, especially because of the tough time constraints which was demanding even for our very bright students.
Our final position was 27th place, so we were in the top third of the teams in the final. This was in fact our best position in this competition in the last four years, so many congratulations go to each of the boys. Indeed, 1757 school teams from around the country had entered at the regional stage, so Shyam, Kishan, Alex and Matthew performed very well indeed this year.