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Rising To The UKMT Junior Mathematical Challenge

Every year selected Year 8 students take part in the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust (UKMT) Junior Mathematical Challenge at Launceston College. The Junior Mathematical Challenge is a 60-minute, multiple-choice competition aimed at students across the UK. It encourages mathematical reasoning, precision of thought, and fluency in using basic mathematical techniques to solve interesting problems. The problems on the Junior Mathematical Challenge are designed to make students think.

This year instead of the school-based Challenge the UKMT has made the Junior Mathematical Challenge 2020 available online. To recognize the highest performers in the Challenge, the UKMT awards the top-scoring 40% of participants Bronze, Silver and Gold certificates in the ratio 3:2:1.  24 of our Year 8 students sat this challenge and 10 of them received certificates: 5 – Bronze certificates and 5 – Silver certificates. Bella Goodman (Bronze certificate) commented: “The UKMT Challenge was interesting and different maths that you wouldn’t normally do in a school lesson.  It made me think about the problems and how to work them out using what I had learnt at school, but in an unfamiliar context.  I enjoyed completing the challenge online and it showed me how maths can be used in everyday life, even if it is sometimes hidden through words.” Donna Hillman (Bronze certificate) appreciated  the online experience of completing the Challenge: ” Doing the UKMT Challenge online was good for me because it had very easy access to the website. I found it simpler to complete because any mistakes that I made could be erased without difficulty. Therefore, I didn’t have crossings out on the Challenge, which I may have had if I had completed it on paper.​” Adam Hazucha (Silver certificate) reflected on his participation: ”

The same way as our body needs exercise, our brain does too. I really enjoyed the UKMT Maths Challenge. Some of the problems were not easy to solve, but finding the correct answer was satisfying. Some problems were easier than others and it was fun figuring it out. I think it brought a sense of curiosity and adventure to maths.”