The Perse School

Problem solving adds up to success for Perse pupils in Team Maths Challenge

23 Apr 2018

Successfully solving maths problems resulted in victory for a group of Perse pupils in the regional finals of the Team Maths Challenge.

The team of Michael Lin, Aadi Nagarajan (both Year 9), Emma Harris and Hongli Hu (both Year 8) came out as joint winners in the regional round of the competition, organised by the UK Mathematics Trust.

The tournament, held at Cambridge University, featured four rounds with each testing a different combination of teamwork skills, logical thinking, speed and accuracy.

In the group round, teams needed to work together to solve as many problems as possible in the given time, planning and dividing up the work and discussing solutions with each other before submitting their final answers.

The cross number round required participants to find the most relevant information and decided on the correct order to solve clues, while the shuttle and relay rounds demanded speed, accuracy and perseverance as each team split into pairs in a race against the clock and the other teams.

Maths teacher Rebecca Curtis, who accompanied the team, said: “I was really impressed with the teamwork and enthusiasm on display. The pupils worked right to the final second to secure the winning spot.”

The Perse team is now looking forward to competing in the national finals in London in June.

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