What are the National Young Mathematicians’ Awards?
The National Young Mathematicians’ Awards are the only team maths competition for primary schools in the UK. The competition, now in its eighth year, is run in conjunction with the NRICH project at the University of Cambridge and is designed to inspire and challenge talented mathematicians from across the UK.
The competition consists of three rounds. The first is a regional knock out undertaken at an Explore Learning centre. This year it will take place on 8th or 9th November 2017. Winners go through to the Semi-Final, which will be held on 29th November 2017, where school teams battle it out against other top schools in their region to try and win a space at the Grand Final taking place at the University of Cambridge on 13th December 2017.
0ur 2016 winners!
Children from Bilton Junior School were named some of the best performing maths minds in the UK and earned the title of ‘National Young Mathematicians of the Year’ in 2016! They battled against teams from Fair Field Junior School, St Peter’s CofE Primary School, Robert Gordon’s College and Greswold Primary School at the Grand Final held at the University of Cambridge.
Mrs Alex Norton, Headteacher of Bilton Junior School said of the winning team: “We are incredibly proud of all of our learners. They are a brilliant team who support one another. They inspire us to be the best we can be!”.
Every year we invite an inspirational mathematician to be an ambassador for our National Young Mathematicians’ Awards. Last year, we were delighted that Stefan Gates got involved with the competition and presented the winners’ trophy to Bilton Junior School! Stefan has made sixteen TV series and is an author of six books including ‘Gastronaut’ and ‘Incredible Edibles’. He is an advocate of the importance of maths, as discussed in his BBC show ‘Ecomaths’ where he shows how maths is used in the real world to help create a sustainable future.
Stefan Gates said: “I’m was delighted to team up with Explore Learning for their National Young Mathematicians’ Awards. It was exciting to see some of the nation’s best young minds at work. To be brilliant at maths is an invaluable skill and this competition is a fantastic way of encouraging more children to develop those skills and enjoy their talent.”
Look out for an announcement about our 2017 ambassador coming soon!
How can you enter?
You can find and contact your local Explore Learning centre or call 01483 447410. Each school can enter a team of 4 (2 boys and 2 girls) in year 6 or below to compete. The children will be asked to solve an exciting brand new mathematical problem that has never been seen before!
What are we looking for?
Our National Young Mathematicians’ Awards feeds a passion for learning and inspires children to aim high! Our past winners have always loved to work in a team to tackle a unique mathematical challenge. If this sounds like pupils in your school then why not enter a team?
Could your pupils tackle the below problem and find as many squares as possible? Full guidance and more past challenges can be found on the NRICH site here.