Girls Compete at the Maths Team National Final
They qualified for the final by beating teams from the local area, including Dean Close, RGS Worcester and Kings Worcester. 88 schools and colleges were represented at the final from across the country. The majority of institutions are selective. Girls made up 25% of the competitors.
There were two distinct competitions on the day. The first was to design an A1 poster about Cellular Automata. The poster had to include the solutions to 3 questions that the students had not seen before the day. The girls had just 50 minutes to complete the work, starting from just a blank sheet of paper. Our team produced a lovely poster, which included some research they had done before the day. However, it missed out on one of the prizes, which were only awarded to the best 3 posters.
Sichen commented, 'I was really pleased to represent the team in the National Round in my final school year. With lots of intellectually challenging questions, it was fun to participate in the National Final competition, especially with such friendly and supportive team mates. After many training sessions, we worked really well as a team. Of course, it's fair to say we all particularly enjoyed the generous Chinese dinner as part of the London experience. I wish MSJ teams will be able to attend the National Final again in the future!'
The second competition was the same as the regional final with three rounds of unusual and demanding questions. There was an additional final round, which required the teams to chase across the hall collecting and solving questions as they went. The girls performed very well, being placed 31st. As 1260 schools entered the initial round of this competition, this marks Malvern St James out as being in the top 2.5% in the country! Chloe Parker said, 'Doing the maths team challenge has taught me new methods for calculating complicated problems without a calculator. It has helped me as I have been able to apply this in my maths studies'.
The team celebrated their success with a meal in Chinatown before heading home.