‘We’re the maths champs’

But­lers Court pupils beat off chal­lengers from around world

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

I am de­lighted that their hard work has been


SCHOOL pupils from Bea­cons­field have beaten teams from coun­tries around the world to win a maths chal­lenge with a dif­fer­ence.

Stu­dents from 11 coun­tries took part in the 2015 Jaguar Maths in Mo­tion Chal­lenge Schools World Fi­nal on Fri­day, June 26.

Over the past year, about 100,000 pupils have par­tic­i­pated in the pro­gramme, and at Fri­day’s fi­nal, a team of

CHAMPS: Ted Jeffrey, James Mur­ray, Os­car Timms and Wil­liam McLaugh­lin, of But­lers Court School in Bea­cons­field But­lers Court School, in Bea­cons­field, was crowned cham­pi­ons by achiev­ing the fastest race time with a vir­tual rac­ing car they had set up by us­ing a va­ri­ety of maths based skills.

Prior to win­ning the fi­nal, the team had pre­vi­ously suc­ceeded in get­ting through a se­ries of online races in a pre­lim­i­nary knock-out round and semi-fi­nal.

The fi­nal was held at the Mo­tor Cen­tre, in Gay­don, and saw 30 teams com­pet­ing in two dif­fer­ent age groups for the ti­tle of Wold Cham­pi­ons.

Teams were given 90 min­utes to make all of their cal­cu­la­tions and rac­ing de­ci­sions be­fore the race it­self started.

But­lers Court won the over­all race, with a team from Ayles­bury Gram­mar School win­ning the sec­ondary school tro­phy.

Deputy head teacher of the school, Paul Sut­ton, con­grat­u­lated the team, say­ing: “The chal­lenge forms an in­te­gral part of a weekly maths les­son at But­lers Court.

“The stu­dents have worked so hard over the last year and have put so much per­sonal ef­fort and com­mit­ment into the com­pe­ti­tion. I am de­lighted that their hard work has been recog­nised.”

The chal­lenge in­volved young­sters set­ting up a vir­tual rac­ing car to com­pete in a race around the Kyalami cir­cuit in South Africa.

Teams used maths ex­per­tise to mea­sure the length of the track, the an­gles of the bends, as well as fuel load, tyres and speeds.

This data is then en­tered into a com­puter sim­u­la­tion and tested, giv­ing a chance to fine tune be­fore chal­lengers even­tu­ally race against each other.

The race was broad­cast live, for the first time ever, via YouTube, which meant that fam­i­lies and fel­low pupils could watch as it hap­pened. FLO­RAL dec­o­ra­tions lit up a church for a flower fes­ti­val.

The fes­ti­val was held at St Mary’s Church, in Old Amer­sham, from Fri­day June 26 un­til Sun­day June 28.

Or­gan­iser Jo Coldham said: “The week­end went very well with lots of peo­ple com­ing round the fes­ti­val and they all seemed very pleased with the dis­plays.

“The dis­plays were fan­tas­tic.

“We in­vite flower ar­rangers from other churches in or­der to get a good dis­play. Many of our own flower ar­rangers are fairly new ar­rangers and had not done a flower fes­ti­val be­fore.

“Their ideas and in­ter­pre­ta­tions were won­der­ful.”

The flower fes­ti­val at the church is held ev­ery five years. This time the money col­lected will go to­wards Mac­u­lar So­ci­ety and St Mary’s Church. Please post me free & with­out obli­ga­tion full de­tails of the SoundLens hear­ing aid. Tick if pen­sioner.

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