32 teams of the best mathematics students from schools and colleges tackled a series of demanding mathematical challenges for over three hours in the south east regional final of the Senior Team Mathematics Challenge, STMC, held at The Cherwell School last week. At the end of the three rounds of group problem-solving, team cross-number puzzle and mathematical relay race, the overall winners were the team from Abingdon School, who will go on to the national final in London on 2 February.
The competition is organised jointly by the Further Mathematics Support Programme and the UK Mathematics Trust and sponsored by Rolls-Royce plc. The aim of the competition is to provide a stimulating and enjoyable challenge for 16-19 year-old mathematics students by focusing on problem-solving, teamwork and communication skills. The STMC is now in its 10th year and attracts over 1000 teams from schools and colleges from around the UK.
Mr Stuart who teaches Maths at Abingdon School said, “The team did phenomenally well. There was a lot of competition to get into the team, and this prepared them well for the regional final. While they were nervous that an error in one round may cost them, they held their nerve and performed very strongly in the final, hardest round. They should be proud of beating some of the strongest schools in the area, and now must focus on preparations for the National Finals in February.”
Ben Schneider, who is in the Upper Sixth at Abingdon added, “The senior maths challenge featured a selection of confusing and creative problems for the team to solve. Good fun was had by all taking part and we look forward to the national finals in the new year.”
Pictured from L to R: Dr Peter Neumann OBE, (UKMT volunteer, who led the competition), Mr Alex Stuart (Mathematics Teacher at Abingdon School), Ben Schneider, Angus Shen, Jerry Yang, Harry Lei and Alexandra Hewitt, Further Mathematics Support Programme Area Coordinator, who organised the event.