On the 7th November 2018 four pupils (Freddie L, Caspian CL, Hannah D and Clara-Sue P) in Year 6 travelled to Explore Learning Center in Altrincham to take part in the National Young Mathematicians’ Award, with over 1200 schools taking part.
The teams were scored on three areas; their mathematical solutions, teamwork and presentation skills. Four challenges were posed for pupils to work on, all involving dice:
The first challenge was to put the dice in a line making sure the sides (the ones that touched) had the same number on each.
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2 2 5 5 2 2
With this Technique they had to make the top of the four dice add up to 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18.
The second challenge, following the same rules, asked the pupils to find as many combinations as possible where the sum of the four dice sum was twelve.
In this challenge, again following the rule for touching sides, the pupils had to make the sum of the left two dice double the sum of the right two dice.
In this challenge, the main part is the same as challenge three, except that the product of the two left dice had to be either 2 or 3 times the product of the right two dice.
Terra Nova put in a strong academic performance across all three areas and excitingly made it into Round 2, taking place at time of press (6th Dec 2018). If a place in the national finals is achieved, (Round 3), our Maths whizzes will be off to Cambridge University. Congratulations to the fab 4 on their achievements thus far!