AT Poole Grammar School recently, 19 teams of the best mathematics students from local schools and colleges tackled a series of demanding challenges for over three hours.
It was the regional final of the Senior Team Mathematics Challenge, a competition organised jointly by the Further Mathematics Support Programme and the UK Mathematics Trust and sponsored by Rolls-Royce plc.
The aim of the competition is to provide a stimulating and enjoyable challenge for 16-19 year-old mathematics students by focusing on problem-solving, teamwork and communication skills.
At the end of the three rounds of problem-solving, team cross-number puzzle and mathematical relay race, the overall winners were the home team from Poole Grammar School who will go on to the national final in London in February. The STMC is now in its sixth year and attracts over 1000 teams from schools and colleges in the UK.