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20th June 2018

Students from The Glasgow Academy have beaten teams from 13 countries to win the 2018 Maths in Motion Challenge world final. Almost 100,000 students took part in the Challenge over the past year and the winners beat them all by achieving the fastest time with a virtual racing car they created using science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) skills.

To reach the final, the students needed to win a series of online races in their school, a preliminary knockout round and a semi-final. The final itself was run ‘live’ on the Cloud for the first time and involved schools in Australia, Belgium, China, Dubai, England and Scotland. Split into two categories (Junior and Senior), 27 teams competed to win the coveted ‘Overall World Champions’ title. They had just 90 minutes ahead of the race to make all of their calculations and racing decisions, including the amount of fuel required and the angles of the track bends. 

After an exciting race, the team from Glasgow Academy won the Senior World Championship and Overall World Championship trophy. Four Year 5 pupils from St John’s CE Primary School in the London Borough of Barnet were crowned Junior World Champions. The overall winners, Sambhav and Finlay, who finished the race 19.62 seconds ahead after a 67-lap race around the Circuit de Paul Ricard, France said: “Maths in Motion gives us an opportunity to compete as a team where we can use and apply our skills together for the benefit of our team. It really is exciting when the cars start to race and the Final itself was heart pounding. This project is a great way to enhance our understanding and enjoyment of STEM.”

The race was broadcast live via the Maths in Motion YouTube channel to around 10,000 family members and schools worldwide. Picutures of the event can be seen in our 2018 Gallery.

Brian Richardson, Challenge Organiser, said: “The Maths in Motion Challenge shows students there are good reasons to study maths at school and that you can have fun doing it. It also shows that teamwork is an essential skill in the workplace – wherever you live in the world. The world final teams have demonstrated this today and we will continue to encourage them to use the skills they have learned when they enter the world of work. Well done to all the school teams who have taken part this year and congratulations to The Glasgow Academy and St John’s CE Primary School for being such worthy world champions." 

The 2019 Challenge is now open for entries

12th June 2018

So many of you have written to us asking what happened to the Fastest Practice Lap of the Month competition that we have rushed through a tiny update that was needed and it's back! The competition itself is simple in that the person who posts the fastest practice lap time during June, at the Red Bull Ring in Austria, will win some Challenge memorabilia for themselves.

Good luck everybody!


22nd February 2018

Deira International School (DIS) forms a part of the Al-Futtaim Group and is a British Curriculum School based in Dubai Festival City. They are the first school in Dubai to take part in the Challenge and we are very pleased to welcome them into the Challenge.

The school offers an international education to more than 1,600 students who represent over 80 nationalities (as you can see from the photograph). The school values the diversity of cultures and is proud of its multi-cultural environment. DIS is a happy and exciting place to learn and work and that ties in perfectly with the ethos of the Maths in Motion Challenge.


5th February 2018

Isabella,St Anne's C.E. (VC) Primary School, Stoke-on-Trent has won the prize for setting up the fastest practice lap at Shanghai during January with a simply fantastic time of 88.701s. A big "Well done!" Isabella and your prize is in the post!

There's a February prize for getting the fastest practice lap time at Knockhill and the circuit for March will be Gilles Villeneuve. Good luck everyone!

Track, Establishment, User, Lap time

Fastest practice laps for January 2018:

Albert Park, Watford GSB, Thomas - Tim, 72.156s
Auto H. Rodriguez, Roundhay St John's CofE Primary, Abumasab Ahmed, 74.762s
Bahrain, Watford GSB, Thomas - Tim, 71.126s
Baku, St Patrick's R.C. Primary, Mollie Harcourt, 122.455s
Barbagallo, St Thomas More Language College, Ian David, 55.221s
Catalunya, Glasgow Academy Senior, Sambhav Chadha, 71.589s
Circ of the Americas, Butlers Court Combined, Ben Watson, 82.84s
Gilles Villeneuve, Merchant Taylors' Senior Boys', Shaun James, 70.175s
Hockenheimring, Chalfont St Peter CofE Academy, Joe Wright, 65.705s
Hungaroring, Grosvenor Road Primary, Corrin Berry, 79.256s
Interlagos, Tollbar Academy, Sajed Gnedi, 59.007s
Knockhill, Bell Farm Primary, School Master, 51.218s
Marina Bay, Singapore, Shrewsbury High Prep, Karen Lu, 101.744s
Monaco, The Compton School, Omar Maaouane, 71.619s
Monza, Mayflower High, Christopher Dignum, 74.99s
Rookie Raceway, British School of Guangzhou, Matt Hewitt, 88.492s
Sepang, Watford GSB, Thomas - Tim, 86.416s
Shanghai International, St Anne's C.E. (VC) Primary, Isabella, 88.701s
Silverstone, South Hampstead Junior, Leila Nasatyr, 84.532s
Sochi, Watford GSB, Kirijan - Santosh, 98.58s0
Spa-Francorchamps, Kensington Prep, Francesca Macbeth, 105.881s
Suzuka, St Augustine's RC High, Leo Peat, 89.609s
Yas Marina, Stokenchurch Primary, William Bonnett, 93.017s


12th January 2018

When Ben Morgan from Shrewsbury High School wanted some advice about the best way to set up his car, he went straight to the top. Ben wrote to one of the top race engineers for #McLaren, Tom Stallard, and was delighted when not only did he get a detailed reply with some top advice, but also a signed cap!

We're always grateful when professionals take time out of their busy schedules to help our budding mathematical engineers. Well done for taking the initiative Ben! #STEM

10th January 2018

We love receiving positive feedback. Here's something from a college who joined us back in September:

"The students have really engaged with the software and we now have that element of competition in the sessions which is great to see. Unfortunately for them the staff who run the sessions have won more races than the students which is causing a little discontent(!)"


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