‘We’re the maths champs’
Butlers Court pupils beat off challengers from around world
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.”
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