Maths Challenge Adds Up To A Great Time

The annual East Durham Maths Challenge, which has now been running for 20 years, was held in The Lubetkin Theatre at East Durham College’s Peterlee Campus.

The event took place on Wednesday 31st March and saw 10 teams competing for top honours. The teams came from St. Bedes, Dene Community, Easington Community, Seaham, Shotton Hall and Wellfield Community secondary schools.

The Year 9, 10 and 11 students took part in 8 fiercely competed rounds, which included a mix of maths questions and problem solving tasks.  These included suspending a cream egg and building a bridge from paper clips and dried lasagne pasta.

The scores were nip and tuck all the way, but eventually Shotton Hall School’s A-Team prevailed with a winning score of 41 points. The runners up, only 2 points behind, were Shotton Hall’s B-Team who were Year 9 pupils, making this all the more impressive.

The winning team of Oliver Scott (Team Captain), Amy Croft, James Bates and Victoria Curry were delighted to regain the trophy from last’s winners Seaham School. Oliver added: “We all really enjoyed ourselves and it was great to win.”

Fred Harrison, Assistant Principal at East Durham College, who runs the challenge, said: “The Maths Challenge a great way to help instil the spirit of completion and teamwork. I’m delighted with the way all the students threw themselves in to it and was impressed with their academic knowledge and ability to use their initiative”.