Last Friday, Bexhill College hosted Year 11, 12 and 13 students for the Regional Final event of the Senior Team Mathematics Challenge (STMC).
The STMC is an annual national competition for both state sector and private colleges jointly organised by United Kingdom Mathematics Trust (UKMT) and the Further Maths Support Programme (FMSP). The event tests mathematical, communication and teamwork skills, and provides an opportunity for students to compete against teams from other schools and colleges from their region.
Four A Level Further Maths students represented Bexhill College in the final and came up against Bellerbys College, Gildredge House School, Heathfield Community College, Beacon Academy, Vardean VI Form College, Helenswood Academy, Elmgreen School and Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys.
The challenge comprised of a number of rounds, which were under timed conditions. This included a ‘Group Round’, where the teams had to decide on their own strategy, such as working pairs, as a group or individually, to solve 10 questions in around 40 minutes.
Next up was the ‘Crossnumber Round’. A ‘Crossnumber’ is similar to a crossword but with numerical answers. The teams had to work in pairs, with one pair working on the across clues and, the other on the down clues and independently complete the grid using logic and deduction.
The final round was a ‘Shuttle Round’ (mini relay). The teams competed against the clock to answer correctly a series of four questions.
Overall, Bexhill College came 1st in the competition with Bellerbys College coming 2nd, and Gildredge House School 3rd.
Jaeho Lee, Thomas Finn, Cai Li Heng and Hsiang-Ling Huang will now go on to the National Final in at the Royal Horticultural Halls, London, in February.
For more information about Bexhill College’s A Level programme and how the students get on in the National Final, details will be posted on the website, www.bexhillcollege.ac.uk.