Gifted & Talented Maths Feast Challenge

This month some of our Year 10 students took part in the regional Maths Feast event for further maths. The Year 10 Maths Feast is an exciting competition organised by the Further Maths Support Programme, for students who are in Year 10 to test their mathematical, communication and teamwork skills.

Congratulations to Holly Manning, Harvey Lowden, Maja Gunkel and Finlay Parr who all represented QE in the Year 10 Maths Feast held at the Met Office in Exeter. The team scored highly on a variety of rounds, including a comprehension exercise, a problem solving round and a true or false set of questions. The group did amazingly well and were only defeated by the tough countdown competition round.

A great day was had by all and after the event the group were lucky enough to have a tour of the Met Office, including an experience in the media centre where they practised their weather presenting skills.

Can you answer the classic conundrum below that was set on the day?

Four people are travelling across country when they come to a river during the night. There is a narrow bridge, but unfortunately it can only hold two people at a time. They have only one torch and because it's night, the torch has to be used when crossing the bridge. Ali can cross the bridge in 1 minute, Beth in 2 minutes, Carl in 5 minutes and Dwayne in 8 minutes. When two people cross the bridge together, they must move at the slower person's pace. How can they get across the bridge in 15 minutes or less?