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WinAtSchool 2015 Winners …

1st Place Marling School

Neil Sheldon and Vicky Neale present the team from Marling School with their prize.

On Wednesday the 1st of July at Venue Reading the final of the Winton Capital Management National School 2015 Final 12 Top TeamsMathematics & Statistics Competition took place.

After three rounds of 14 questions on topics including percentages, probability, algebraic graphs, reasoning, geometry and more the wining team scoring an impressive 119 out of a possible 126, and walking away with a cash prize of £2,500, were Marling School from Gloucestershire.

Second place went to Colyton Grammar School from Devon (£1,000), while third went to Bourne Grammar Winton pens and pads used in the final.School from Lincolnshire (£500). You can read all about the final over at WinAtSchool.org.uk.

The event was hosted by Neil Sheldon, the Royal Statistical Society’s vice president for education and statistical literacy, while the quiz master for this year was Dr Vicky Neale, Whitehead Lecturer at the Mathematical Institute and Balliol College at the University of Oxford.

Well done to all 12 teams that made it to final and thank you to our sponsor, Winton Capital Management, for making it happen.

WinAtSchool – Significance, Teaching Statistics and How Not to be Wrong

Thanks to our Maths Competition sponsor, Winton Capital Management, we were able to provide a goodie bag for the teachers attending the 2015 live final.

Amongst the treasures, all wrapped up in a reusable Winton bag, we had Jordan Ellenberg’s  “How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking”, perfect light reading for those who appreciate the importance of mathematics.

In addition we had a relevant editiofeb-2015-cover of Significancen of Significance Magazine (February 2015 (Vol 12 Issue 1)) and the Spring issue of Teaching Statistics (Volume 37, Issue 1). Both were provided directly by Wiley (@Wiley_Stats) who we wish to thank on behalf of the teachers.

Incidentally, UK based teachers can get a reduced rate subscription to Teaching Statistics (Print + Online) if they’re a NCTM/IASE or RSS e-teacher Member, find details here. And you can access all issues up to 11:2 of Significance for free here.

WinAtSchool Final 2015

Winton LogoThe WinAtSchool 2015 final is almost here. The competition, organised by the ICSE with Plymouth University, and sponsored by Winton Capital Management, is to take place at at the University of Reading, Whiteknight campus on the 1st July 2015.

We would like to congratulate the twelve finalist schools that will be competing in the final. The schools are as follows:

Bourne Grammar School, Lincolnshire
Colyton Grammar School, Devon
Dame Alice Owen’s School, Hertfordshire
Devonport High School for Boys, Devon
Kendrick School, Berkshire
Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School, Lincolnshire
Malmesbury School, Wiltshire
Marling School, Gloucestershire
Saint Olave’s Grammar School, Kent
Sale Grammar School, Cheshire
The Blue Coat School, Liverpool, Merseyside
Warwick School, Warwickshire

It is shaping up to be an exciting finale with more than one team having been at the final last year including Marling School, the defending champions.

For the uninitiated, the grand final will consist of a team of four pupils from each school competing to win a top prize of £2,500. This year the event will be hosted by Dr Vicky Neale, Whitehead Lecturer at the Mathematical Institute and Balliol College at the University of Oxford, while Neil Sheldon, the Royal Statistical Society’s vice president for education and statistical literacy, will present the prizes.

We would like to thank all the teachers and pupils who took part, as usual the standard has been very high. For more information and the full press release visit #WinAtSchool.

Marling School

 

 

 

 

Pictured: 2014 Winners – Marling School, receiving their prize from Professor David Hand (L) and Neil Sheldon (R).

WinAtSchool – Big Bang Prize Draw Winners

Winton LogoYou may recall back in March we attended the Big Bang Science and Engineering Fair in Birmingham and a number of NearMe Big Bang events regionally, this was to promote our WinAtSchool competition, sponsored by Winton Capital Management.

Throughout the events we were running two prize draws; one for any pupil that took part as a result of attending a Big Bang and similarly one for any class. The individual prize was a £25 Amazon Voucher while the class prize was a £100 Amazon Voucher.

We randomly selected and informed the winners last week and are now delighted to announce the results.

  • The individual winner was from The Compton School in London. It was especially pleasing  that the winner had got top marks.
  • The class that won was from Ysgol y Creuddyn a School in Llandudno, Wales. The teacher there told us they used the quiz for GCSE mathematics examination preparation.

We would like to thank the hundreds of pupils that took part individually, either at the events themselves or outside of school, and all the teachers who got 8 or more of their pupils to have a go while at school.

The WinAtSchool final is to be held on the 1st of July in Reading (more details can be found on the website).

WinAtSchool.org.uk

WinAtSchool Schools Competition – Ending in April

Now seems like a good time to tell all UK secondary school teachers that the 2015 WinAtSchool Maths and Stats Competition will be closing on the 30th of April.

If you have 8 or more pupils willing to test their mathematical skills and knowledge you should register your school as soon as possible. Find out how WinAtSchool.org.uk.

If time is short get your pupils to take part first, you can always register after the deadline to get your results and see how your school/class have done.

WinAtSchool at the Big Bang Fair

The Big Bang Fair BirminghamWe took our maths and stats quiz to the Big Bang Fair at the NEC in Birmingham at the start of March and then appeared at a handful of the regional events throughout the month.

This included a visit to North and South Wales, Sussex and Somerset.

We would like to thank all of the teachers who attended and all the pupils who took part in either the practice or prize quiz throughout all 5 events.

Big Bang Fair Competition

If you are one of the hundreds of pupils we met at the recent Big Bang Fair in Birmingham, or one of the regional Big Bang NearMe events and still wish to take part in our £20 Amazon voucher prize draw you have until the 30th April to do so.

Remember also that there is a Big Bang school prize.  Any school where 8 or more pupils take part, before the 30th, as a result of attending the Big Bang will be entered into our prize draw. You can find further details on our leaflets given out at all the Big Bang events.

Big Bang Fiar - A Team Effort

Big Bang Fair - Working it out

WinAtSchool goes Bang

Next week sees the start of The Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair, a massive STEM event primarily targeting those aged 7 to 19. The main event will be taking place in Birmingham at the NEC between the 11th and 14th of March. During the weeks and months that follow smaller Big Bang ‘Near Me’ events will be taking place in schools and colleges across the UK.

The ICSE will be attending the main event and several of the Near Me events to promote our free mathematics and statistics schools competition WinAtSchool. Please come along and have a go at our Practice Quiz or if you are attending with Year 7 to 11 pupils take part in the Prize Competition. Why not get some practice in now.

You can view all the events going on at The Big Bang and get a full list of the Near Me locations from the main website at thebigbangfair.co.uk. Our schedule throughout March is below :

 

WinAtSchool – Goes Mobile

WinAtSchool is an online competition, in statistics and mathematics for Year 7 to 11 pupils in England and Wales; P7 to S4  in Scotland; and Year 8 to 12 in Northern Ireland. The competition is fun and easy to enter, with prizes for winning schools. You can find out more by visiting the site at WinAtSchool.org.uk.

FIRST PRIZE: £2,500
SECOND PRIZE: £1,000
THIRD PRIZE: £500

Both the Practice Quiz and Prize Competition are now open and, from today, available on mobile devices that have JavaScript enabled. A link to the practice quiz is provided on the button below.

If you are not based in a UK school but would like to have a go you may use the LEA code ‘100‘ and the School code ‘9999‘, just be sure to spread the word and tell a Maths teacher.

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Maths Hub Launch

Last week we attended the launch of the Cornwall and West Devon Maths Hub at Truro and Penwith College. We were present primarily to promote WinAtSchool our Maths and Stats competition, which is now live for any secondary schools wishing to take part.

What are Maths Hubs?

The Cornwall and West Devon Maths Hub is one of 32 regional hubs, across England, created in July 2014 to support a range of maths related activities to improve participation in mathematics and teaching, learning and leadership of mathematics.  For further information visit the NCETM website where you will find a list of all 32 hMaths Hub Logoubs, a list of hub contacts and can sign up to individual hub newsletters.

Maths Hub Launch

The launch event at Truro and Penwith College featured a number of workshops covering all levels of maths, from Primary through to A-level and included an introduction to Core Maths and the new GCSE specifications.

Of particular interest was the China-England Research and Innovation Project – Teacher Exchange, where we got a glimpse of how Primary maths is taught in Shanghai.

Links

NCETM – Maths HUBS
NCETM – Core Maths (especially useful for Core Maths adopters)
Cornwall Teaching School (Details for Cornwall and West Devon Hub)
Truro and Penwith College
Twitter: @MathsHubs

 

Plymouth SciTech Showcase

This week saw the ICSE taking part in the Plymouth University #SciTech Showcase 2014.

The activity day provides an opportunity for school aged learners to visit the campus and see the technical innovation taking place at the university and the sort of career paths that are possible for future graduates.

Giant bubbles, Origami, Puzzles, Computer Security, Computer Games, Robots all on show at #SciTech 2014.

This event included everything from chemistry experiments and dinosaurs to computer games and robots. Maths and Stats were represented by our colleagues from the School of Computing and Mathematics, with their #MathBubble, Code Breaking and some impressive origami, while we provided a sample of our #WinAtSchool competition using an Audience Response System.

We would like to thank all the student ambassadors who helped out with the #WinAtSchool quiz and the PGCSE students from the Institute of Education who ably demonstrated their paper folding skills.

The #WinAtSchool Maths and Stats Quiz Competition for schools goes live on the 3rd of November, visit the website for more information winatschool.org.uk.

Showcase site