Four International Study Centre students win first place in regional mathematics challenge

14 December 2017
Four students win regional mathematics challenge

Four students at the International Study Centre won first place in the Durham Tees Valley regional final of the UK Mathematics Trust Senior Maths Team Challenge.

The team will now take part in the national final in the Royal Horticultural Halls in London on 6 February 2018. They will compete against up to 80 other teams. This round consists of a mathematics poster design and further mathematical problems.

Fengxi, Yingbo, Yiling and Yi mastered the challenge, combining mathematical, communication and team-working skills to solve mathematical puzzles. The team competed against 20 teams from schools and sixth-form colleges across the Durham Tees Valley region.

Fengxi said: “I found the whole experience interesting as I met so many different people. I felt great after winning. I am happy to take part in London – but we need to practice!”

Yingbo scored full marks in the individual senior maths challenge. He will now sit the British Olympiad round one paper.

The students had extra support from their tutors to help them prepare for the competition.

Helen Dey, Subject Lead Mathematics, said: “I am extremely proud of Fengxi, Yingbo, Yiling and Yi. It was a privilege to experience their absolute joy in winning the team challenge. They have prepared thoroughly for the team challenge by attending extra sessions in their own time and on Saturday mornings. They have also completed extra maths papers. In class they are very conscientious and hard-working which will bode well for their future aspirations in reading mathematics at Durham University.”

The event was organised by the UK Mathematics Trust and the Further Maths Support Programme.

We would like to congratulate our students on their success and wish them best of luck for their next challenge.

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