A team of four students from Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Penrith, will be competing against teams from across the United Kingdom for this year's UK Maths Challenge Trophy. The team finished in first place at the Regional Final held in Carlisle on Friday 11 March and won the opportunity to compete in the National Final at the Royal Horticultural Halls in London, in June. Over 1700 schools entered the competition and 88 have qualified to take part in the final.
The National Final of the Team Maths Challenge, which is run by the UK Mathematics Trust, involves teams of four pupils from Years 8 and 9 (England), Years 9 and 10 (Northern Ireland) and Years S1 and S2 (Scotland), competing in a group circus. This involves hands on Maths problems; a series of shuttles in which the answer from one question feeds into the next; a ‘crossnumber’ (mathematical crossword); a relay race combining physical and mental agility; a separate poster competition based on a mathematical subject.
The QEGS team consisted of Mueed Ijaz (Year 9), Angelina Shcherbakova (Year 9), James Rocca (Year 8), Emma Jackson (Year 8).