Published: 30 October 2013

Surrey welcomes keen young mathematicians for STMC training day

Seven teams of sixth-formers gathered on 19 October to hone their maths skills in the run-up to the fiercely-competed Senior Team Maths Challenge.

The Further Mathematics Support Programme (FMSP) organised the Training and Enrichment session as an opportunity for teams to prepare for the regional heat of the Senior Team Maths Challenge (STMC), which the University will host in November.

Taking place annually, the STMC is a national mathematics competition for teams of sixth-form students which – in 2012 – saw 1,100 schools from across the UK participating, with 27 teams attending the Surrey heat.

Since the STMC is a relatively new competition, only having run for the past six years, some schools will be taking part for the first time, so the training day provided a vital opportunity to get in some practice. Descending on the Surrey Space Centre on a wet Saturday morning, seven teams from local schools took this opportunity to gain an early advantage.

The session enabled attendees to get used to the types of questions that typically come up, and the structure of the three-round competition. After some question practice and refreshments, the teams were pitted against each other in a miniature version of the STMC competition itself.

Jeff Trim of FMSP, who organised the event, said: “The teams were all really enthusiastic and enjoyed the event. Hopefully those that came to Surrey for the day will be better equipped to face their rival teams in the real competition in November.”

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