Reed's reaches World Finals of Maths in Motion Challenge Posted - 16/05/2018

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Reed’s are one of only 28 schools worldwide who have qualified for the 2017/18 Maths in Motion Challenge World Final, beating off stiff competition from around 100,000 entries in 13 countries. The Challenge (part of the CREST Awards programme) involves using software developed by Cambridge Software House in conjunction with Jaguar to set up a virtual car and enter it into various challenge races.  

The pupils work together in small teams and, using a wide range of mathematical skills, they compete against each other in a Grand Prix type race. They have to accurately measure the length of the track, the angles of the bends, calculate the amount of fuel needed, work with percentages and then consider other factors such as tyres, speeds and the weather forecast. The mathematically-minded pupils in the Reed’s team, Alan Dawson in Third Form and Ian Ward in Fourth Form, are very excited about competing in the final which takes place online in mid-June. 

The Maths in Motion Challenge demonstrations the excellent reason for studying Mathematics at school, and that you also can have fun whilst doing it! It also illustrates that teamwork is an essential strength. This will be especially useful in the workplace beyond school, all part of Reed’s School’s aim to prepare our pupils for the demands of the modern world.

Judy Brewster, Maths in Motion & CREST co-ordinator

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