Brainiac maths chal­lenge

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Neighbourhood News -

BUD­DING brain­boxes were chal­lenged to use their grey mat­ter at a spe­cial road­show.

Year Six pupils from Lax­ton Ju­nior School in North Street, Oun­dle, joinedYear Seven pupils from Oun­dle School for a Prob­a­bil­ity and Risk-Tak­ing Road­show.

The event, which took place just be­fore the half-term school hol­i­days, was pre­sented by Na­dia Baker from the Math­e­mat­ics Mil­len­nium Project (MMP).

She chal­lenged the pupils to think hard and jug­gle num­bers with a va­ri­ety of dis­cus­sions about prob­a­bil­ity and how it works.

The dis­cus­sions in­cluded look­ing at the prob­a­bil­i­ties of win­ning the Na­tional Lot­tery, of psy­chic pow­ers and scams as well as var­i­ous math- emat­i­cal para­doxes.

There was even greater ex­cite­ment in the fi­nal ses­sion of the day with the pupils all play­ing Mathion­aire, which is a prob­a­bil­ity quiz ver­sion of the fa­mousTV show Who WantsTo Be A Mil­lion­aire.

Lax­ton Ju­nior School pupil Michael Heys said: “I think I am a ge­nius – I kept guess­ing the prob­a­bil­i­ties right.”

Pupils John Stubbs added: “I wish we could do this ev­ery week.”

While Poppy Alexan­der said: “It was ace.”

Maths teacher from Oun­dle School, David Raftery said: “The road­show was a great suc­cess and we were de­lighted to host Math­e­mat­ics Mil­len­nium Project on their third visit to our cam­pus.”

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