Maths Challenge winners reach for the stars!

Friday 10 May 2024

Maths enthusiasts did not let the rainy weather in the February half term holiday spoil their fun – they threw their energy into the Newcastle University Maths Challenge, and they were richly rewarded for their efforts!

Emmanuel students Kacper Krol, Iris Green, Joshua Wood, Dylan D’Silva, Arthur Gledhill and Elliott Gledhill all excelled in the Challenge, and they were awarded with certificates and prizes at a prestigious ceremony. These six were amongst just 65 students who were recognised, out of a total of 613 entries.

The Newcastle University Maths Challenge takes place every February half term and attracts mathematics enthusiasts from across the North-East. Unlike other maths competitions that require fast-paced problem-solving under time pressure, this challenge involves a series of incredibly time-consuming investigations. “It really is for people who love maths and enjoy spending time doing mathematics!” said Elliott. This year’s puzzles were all around the theme of astronomical constellations – “a great time-filler during a wet school holiday!”.

“What we particularly love about this Maths Challenge is the fantastic prize-giving ceremony at Newcastle University’s Herschel building on Wednesday evening if you do well,” explained Elliott, a Maths Challenge veteran with multiple awards to his name. “There are always many types of cake and plenty of doughnuts!” The students were thrilled to be awarded prizes by Prof Jon Goss, a professor of Material Physics.

Another highlight of the ceremony is the fascinating lectures that are put on each year. This year’s lecture discussed the importance of removing rules in mathematics to achieve more interesting outcomes.

“This is a brilliant event to get involved in, so look out for it just before February half term each year,” said Elliott. “It’s great fun to do, and there isn’t anything that can beat the feeling of solving a particularly difficult problem!”

Pictured: Joshua Wood, Arthur Gledhill and Elliott Gledhill, who attended the prize-giving ceremony