[Photo: Maths racers Aadil Waghat and Zainul Adam prepare for the National Finals of the Jaguar Maths Challenge with their Maths teacher Patel looking on]
By Elham Asaad Buaras
A team from Blackburn’s Tauheedul Islam Boys’ High School (TIBHS) has secured a place in the Jaguar Maths in Motion Challenge national final, beating off stiff competition from thousands of schools across the country.
The annual competition involves teams competing against each other in an effort to win a Grand Prix type race and become UK Champions. This activity involves a wide range of basic mathematical skills, some practical, being used and applied.
The Challenge attracted entries from more than 100,000 pupils, making it the largest maths challenge of its kind in the UK. School children aged 8 to 16 are tasked with setting up a virtual racing car to compete on a circuit against other schools. The teams have to use all their mathematical expertise to accurately measure the length of the track, the angles of the bends and consider other factors such as fuel load, tyres and speeds. This data is then entered into a computer-based simulation and all the challengers eventually race against each other.
Team TIBHS Racers won a series of internal school races and regional heats within the north-west region before triumphing in the semi-final knock-out round. They will now compete in the national final at the British Heritage Motor Centre in Gaydon on June 26.
For the final the teams will have an hour and a half to prepare their cars, with competing teams categorised into three age ranges: Primary and Secondary aged 11 to 13 and 14 to 16.
The winners from each age group will fight it out for title of overall national champions.
In a statement to The Muslim News Mo Matadar, Assistant Head Teacher for Specialisms at TIBHS, said: “All credit to our pupils for the hard work and dedication they’ve shown to get this far. This Maths Challenge fits nicely with our school’s promotion of sport and academic study, and has also given our boys a new dimension with how they view maths as an academic subject. We wish Team TIBHS the best of luck and hopefully look forward to them bringing the title back to Blackburn.”