Senior Team Maths Challenge

 

Last Wednesday, the team of Robert Hillier, Xue Bang Chen, Alex Byrne, and Andrew Li travelled to Fairfax School for the regional heat of the Senior Team Maths Challenge. Having come second last year – losing to King Edwards High School – they were keen to exact their revenge.

 

The first round consisted of 10 longer questions for the whole group. Although 40 minutes were allotted, the team only needed 20, which left 20 minutes to look around the room looking smug. The team got all 10 correct, picking up the maximum of 60 marks.

 

The second round was a cross-number: like a crossword Рbut with numbers. Despite one slip-up by Xue Bang Рwho seemed to think that 11 was a single-digit number, the team again finished with ages to spare. It was at this point that our supervisor informed us that one of the KEHS girls could solve a Rubik’s Cube in 30 seconds, to which Andrew promptly responded by solving one in about 15.

 

This intense flexing gave us a clear psychological advantage in the final round – the shuttle, which had been our downfall last year. This time, KEHS flustered, but Camp Hill put in a flawless display, gaining full marks, and giving us an overall score of 181 out of 182.

 

This was enough to win the heat, and send the team to the national final in London in February. The team are grateful to Mr Thompson, for accompanying, organising, and encouraging.