Thursday 9th February saw the first annual Year 10 Maths Challenge. The Challenge came about through a collaboration between Applemore College and Associated British Port and was hosted and sponsored by ABP and held in one of their cruise terminals.
We wanted to stage an event which would promote mathematics – its application and its use in the world of work. Many of the students taking part in the competition will be going on to university and making some early decisions about their future careers. So any information we can give them now is invaluable and ABP engineers contributed by talking to the students about how they use mathematics in their jobs.
The competition part of the Challenge was designed to allow students to apply broader aspects of mathematical thought processes rather than simply to do the same sort of questions they see in their GCSE exams. Applemore College supplied the questions and ran the competition side of the event. Eight schools took part this year – comprising eighteen teams of students – a total of over a hundred 14 and 15 year old students. The winning team came from Noadswood, with Applemore a creditable third. The prize, kindly donated by ABP, was £500 to the winning school maths department and an exclusive trip for the students on a Harbour Master’s launch to show them the port from the water.
Our thanks go to ABP’s Head of Port Operations Beth Evans-Gay and Project Engineers Connor Smith and Gideon Aymes.