Mathematics Competitions

June 2019

List of Mathematics Competitions – Wikipedia


MEI Calculator Crunch

Calculator Crunch runs from 10th to 20th June, MEIMaths will post daily questions designed to develop important calculator skills for KS2–3 transition. This will help Year 6s to be calculator-ready for secondary school and/or give extra practice to KS3 students. MEI’s fun & free summer challenge is for all! Note the extras – download lesson plans for Year 6 and 7 and enter the prize draw.

Puzzle of the Week is a free international puzzle competition for schools. Though aimed at 11-16 year olds, anyone from a registered school can enter. The competition is very simple to run. Puzzles are published weekly on Mondays. School and student performances are recorded and leaderboards are published on the results page.

The Puzzle Library is a brilliant collection; all the previous puzzles are available with detailed answers including extensions and background information. The library is helpfully indexed by topic.
Puzzle of the Week

ParallelNot a conventional competition, but to challenge your able mathematicians, try Parallel from Simon Singh. All materials and resources are completely free and teachers will have access to all the student scores from the Parallelograms which are automatically marked.

Students do earn points depending on their percentage score on each Parallelogram, which in turn earns mathematical badges. There will be prizes for schools and students linked to the badges in future. Keep an eye on Parallel for the latest news.

Nrich publish problems regularly for which students can submit solutions; problems remain live for about 6 weeks. Nrich are inviting students to send solutions and will publish a selection of them, along with the name of each student and their school.

For more information, have a look at this Nrich article: I’ve Submitted a Solution – What Next?Nrich

The Math Contest 2.0.
Math Contest 2.0
The Math Contest, which was started in 1996 by David Rock and Doug Brumbaugh, is now sponsored by Casio Education and powered by The University of  Mississippi’s School of Education.

UK Maths Challenges

From MEI, their Ritangle, competition has now closed but all the excellent questions, aimed at older students are available here (scroll down). Ritangle is an annual maths competition for teams of A level Mathematics, Scottish Highers or International Baccalaureate students attending the same school/college anywhere in the world. Students can use Technology to help with some of the questions.
MEI Ritangle 2

The Royal Statistical Society’s Statistic of the Year 2018 has now closed. Over 200 nominations in total, an RSS record were received. The judging panel, chaired by RSS’s president, Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter, of eminent journalists, economists, statisticians and pollsters have announced the results. All the results, both International and UK are given and cover a variety of issues from key environmental issues to the number of Jaffa Cakes in the Christmas tube!

The 2017 winners are similarly fascinating.

WorldMathsDay 2018World Maths Day is over! 7th March 2018 was the big day.

Follow World Education Games on Twitter and/or Facebook.

We can still practise our tables with these resources. There are many games available to help you practice your tables:

From Transum Software comes Flash tables which will present you with random questions from your chosen tables and then show the answer at the speed you select. Also from Transum, see this great Tables Collection which has several activities to try.


Try this Tables Test from which you can play at different levels.

BBC Skillswise though written for adults has some useful activities for students.

For a real challenge try a Find the Factors puzzle from Iva Sallay.

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  1. Pingback: World Maths day : Mar 7 competitions « Mathematics Hothouse

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