Pupils in schools across the globe have been tuning up tor tomorrow's Maths in Motion Challenge finals
The chequered flag comes down at 1.30 BST today (Wednesday, June 20)) for the 84 student finalists, aged 8-16 and from 28 schools, to race their own 'virtual' racing cars in the first ever online Maths in Motion Challenge for Schools. And you can watch it live on YouTube (link below).
James Betts, who along with challenge organiser Brian Richardson, will be presenting the live race meet, commented: "We’re thrilled to be taking the final online this year, meaning that we’ve been able to accept entries from more schools in even more countries, with five international schools among those representing six overseas countries taking part. The quality of the teams is outstanding and we’re looking forward to broadcasting a very exciting LIVE final from our YouTube Channel.”
Over the years the challenge has been carefully built into a global success story. Teams of students design their own racing cars built on real-life maths and engineering data. They do this by using the Cars simulation software, from Cambridgeshire Software House, which incorporates data from real racing cars and racetracks.
It's software that's built on sound, engaging pedagogy rather than beguiling, flashy multimedia from a company that has been involved in educational technology from its very first emergence in UK schools.
The Maths in Motion Challenge is believed to be the biggest national maths challenge of its kind with more than 100,000 students taking part each year (last year more than 500,000 practice laps wwere run by schools). And it's well worth turning in for the online finals (anyone can watch) as there will be plenty of insights and entertainment too.
The event starts at 13.30 (GMT+1) and cars created by all the teachers compete in their own 'fun' race at 13.40, with the world final at 14.05. This will end with an overall winner, a secondary winner and a primary winner Schools from 14 countries entered the challenge this year and six countries are represented in the final — England, Scotland, Dubai, Belgium, Australia and China.
You can get a a strong flavour of the creative curriculum work involved and the engagement and pride it engenders from these accounts of the current challenge: King's, Worcester; Orford CEVA Primary; Kingston Primary School, Australia. And the teacher feedback is impressive, like this quote from Karen Russell at Glasgow Academy: "The other day I was telling my club how much work you all put in at your end and they and I really appreciate it. You are all wonderful for making this happen - you make it possible for lots of pupils to grow in confidence with this challenge - so thank you."
LiveYouTube video link for final at 13,30 BST on Wednesday, June 20 (you can catch up online after the event too)
Twitter hashtag #MiM18
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