Team Maths Challenge

On Monday 18th March, the UK Maths Trust Team Maths Challenge for Cambridge Area was held at Cambridge University Centre for Mathematical Sciences. 29 teams took part in this Regional final. Each team comprised 4 students with no more than two students from Year 9.

The Team challenge is made up of four rounds.

A group round: teams work to solve ten questions of varying type and difficulty in the time allowed. Each team must decide their own strategy: whether to work in pairs, individually or as a team.

A cross number round; similar to a crossword but with numerical answers. Teams work in pairs; one pair has the across clues and the other pair has the down clues. The pairs work independently to complete the grid using logic and deduction.

A shuttle round: teams compete against the clock to correctly answer a series of four questions. Each team is divided into Pair A (given Questions 1 and 3) and Pair B (given Questions 2 and 4). Question 1 can be solved independently of the others, but the answer to each subsequent question is dependent on the previous answer, referred to as T in Questions 2, 3 and 4 (e.g. ‘T is the number that you will receive’).

And a Relay round: teams split off into pairs, with pairs taking it in turns to solve problems. This round involves lots of movement as well as mathematics: a race against the clock with lots of lively activity and excitement.

The CIS team had great fun, so many problems solved, and a pencil case to prove it. Well done.

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