Pupils in anx­ious wait for maths fi­nal

Macclesfield Express - - SCHOOLS NEWS -

YOUNG maths-whizzes are fac­ing an anx­ious wait to see to see if they have qual­i­fied for the fi­nal of a na­tional contest.

The bril­liant brains of four young walk­ing cal­cu­la­tors fin­ished a su­perb sec­ond out of 30 north west teams in a re­gional heat of the UK Se­nior Math­e­mat­ics Chal­lenge at Manch­ester Univer­sity.

How­ever, with only one team cer­tain to qual­ify, the King’s boffins - Laura Em­brey, Matt Harden, Dmitri Whit­more and Alis­tair Thom­son - will have to wait for the re­sults to come in from nearly 70 other heats.

The team, who came sec­ond to Al­trin­cham Girls Gram­mar and all want to study Math­e­mat­ics at Cam­bridge Univer­sity, ex­plained their love of num­bers. Matt Harden, 16, said: “There is al­ways a right an­swer and no mat­ter how tax­ing you can find a way to solve a prob­lem.”

King’s Math­e­mat­ics teacher Dr. Anna Hazel said: “Math­e­mat­ics lies at the heart of sci­en­tific en­deav­our, from the use of cal­cu­la­tors to mod­els for pop­u­la­tion growth to the Black-Sc­holes equa­tion to pre­dict the Stock Mar­ket.

“Peo­ple leav­ing school with high level maths qual­i­fi­ca­tions are val­ued as log­i­cal and cre­ative prob­lem solvers.”

●● Dolly’s Diner win­ners from left to right (back row) are: Poppy Grieves, Scott Whit­bread, Emily Heath­cote, Cather­ine An­ders and Wiki Lis with the Dragons (seated left to right) Sue Gill, Robin Tait, Ian Shen­ton and Lee Vick­ers.

●● Laura Em­brey, Matt Harden, Dmitri Whit­more and Alis­tair Thom­son, pic­tured with Dr. Anna Hazel.

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