Revving Up for Success
16th July 2012
Ramsgate students Fynn Ballantine and Nathan Howard are among the honours in the nationwide Maths in Motion Challenge that saw more than a thousand schools taking part in this year’s competition.
After qualifying heats through the spring, the top 36 teams battled it out in the grand final at the Heritage Motor Centre at Gaydon.
The Year 9 duo from the Chatham and Clarendon Grammar Federation were runners up in their age group and third overall in a thrilling day’s racing that saw a really close finish between the top three.
The aim of the competition is simple - to help raise standards of achievement in Mathematics across an age range of 9 to 16, to help motivate students generally, to show students of all abilities that Maths can be fun and that there is a reason for doing it!
Using tried and tested software that simulates the setting up of a racing car, competitors encountered a variety of mathematical tasks (some practical) in an effort to win a series of races, culminating in the final.
In the tense race, the Federation pair held the lead twice, being pipped by a late surge from Tollbar Academy in Lincolnshire and Saltmarsh community school in Cornwall.
The 12 annual event was broadcast live to more than 10,000 listeners via the Internet.