On Thursday 7th March, four intrepid mathematicians from Year 8 represented Spalding High School in the “Team Maths Challenge, Regional Finals” at Kings School, Peterborough.
The day was made up of several rounds to test problem solving, mental maths and teamwork. There was a warm-up round, a cross number, a relay race and the grand finale was a shuttle round whereby the team split into two pairs they had to run up and down the school hall to collect and pass answers, only being able to move on to the next problem once the last problem was solved, presented and passed on! As it turns out, it is an exhausting business all this problem solving.
Examples of the warm-up problems are;
• The product of four consecutive positive integers is 24024. What is their sum?
• Six years ago, Kavin was 3/5 of his current age. How old is Kavin now?
• Luigi’s shirts are either white, green or red. Six are not white; six are not green; six are not red. How many shirts does Luigi have?
• I think of a number. When I divide 72 by one more than my number, I get the same answer as when I divide 54 by one less than my number. What is my number?
The team worked together exceptionally well, rising to the challenges presented during each and every round. They were up against some very tough competition and finished in a very respectable 7th position out of 22 competing teams!
Each pupil that competed gained a certificate of participation and a lovely UKMT pencil case. Well done to everyone that took part!
Miss S. Chalcraft