During March, QE’s Year 9 and 10 gifted and talented maths students took part in this year’s Jaguar Maths in Motion Challenge for Schools. The challenge hopes to inspire students to consider careers in mathematics based areas such as engineering.
The competition requires students to work together in small groups as they are challenged to use mathematics to simulate the set-up of a virtual formula one race car. The students then compete as they are entered into a series of Gran Prix type races. Students need to be able to use long multiplication and division, ratio, percentages and tactical acumen to analyse the track and weather conditions to create a car that can win the race.
There were 4 semi-finals involving 280 of the best maths students in years 9 and 10, that produced 15 cars for the QE final. There was a close battle for the podium and lots of drama during the race, but in the end Toby Hatchell and Sam Osborne were clear victors, coming through two intense and exciting races, to be crowned the QE Jaguar Cars Maths in Motion Champions for 2017. They will now represent the school in the Devon round of the National tournament.
Congratulations to everyone involved who did fantastically well to reach the final and good luck to Toby and Sam in the next round! The Top 3 were
1st Toby Hatchell and Sam Osborne
2nd Abi Cann and Sydney McKenzie
3rd Sophie Cox and Ellen Kitchen