Four Year 8 pupils compete in the Mathematical Challenge Final 2019 organised by Herts for Learning
On Wednesday, 19th June 2019, a team of four pupils from Bishop’s Hatfield Girls’ School attended the Year 8 Mathematical Challenge Final 2019 organised by Herts for Learning. Earlier in the year, they completed in a regional heat along with several other teams from the local area and they were able to achieve the highest recorded score of all of the heats throughout the county. The team that progressed to the final consisted of Elissa Talaee (8 Austen), Zoe Gibbons (8 Austen), Charlotte Gould (8 Franklin), and Eleanor Raines (8 Seacole).
The final competition consisted of 5 rounds. Round 1 – General mathematics challenge which contained 6 different problems that the team had to work together to answer in a short time frame. Round 2 – Memory round. The team were split in half – half could see a poster and the other half couldn’t. The half that could see the poster had to verbally communicate (no arms or fingers to describe what they could see!). The other half then had to recreate the poster. Round 3 – Puzzle and brain teaser round. The team had 20 minutes to solve six brainteasers individually. Round 4 – Estimation. The team had to make estimations of mass, length and volume using everyday objects. Round 5 – General mathematics (similar to round 1)
They started off really well and were in 3rd place after Round 1 and after the 5 rounds they finished 8th out of sixteen teams.
The four students thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and competition and would like to give a special thanks to mathematics teachers Mrs Dudley and Mr Stevens for making this experience possible.
By Libby Manning (9 Austen) and Elissa Talaee (8 Austen)