EIGHT Year 9 and 10 King’s Ely Senior students competed in the Team Mathematical Enrichment Conference at Oundle School on July 4th.

In the morning, all students took part in three fascinating activities, including an interactive lecture exploring complex numbers, a show inside the Planetarium, which is currently on loan to Oundle School, and an ICT activity involving Excel and Google Earth. The Planetarium was a particular highlight, projecting incredible images of star constellations, galaxies and planets onto the interior of an inflated dome.

After lunch, the group was split into two teams of four to participate in a mathematical competition. There were 23 teams in total. The students were first put in an escape room scenario. Each team had three problems to solve, before they were allowed outside.

One of the teams, King’s Ely A, consisting of Benedict George, Eleanor MacGillivray, Thomas Kim and Sam Barber, escaped very quickly, allowing them to start the outdoor problems early. The students then had a ‘treasure hunt’, with 16 problems pinned to the walls of the buildings. Teams had a set amount of time to solve all of these problems.

King’s Ely A placed joint first with a perfect score, and King’s Ely B, consisting of Joel Ezana, Rory Morgan, Matthew Larmour and David Harris, placed ninth.

Well done to both teams!!

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