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University of Southampton Mathematics Challenge

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Every year the School of Mathematical Sciences runs the University of Southampton Mathematics Challenge for schoolchildren in Year 10 and below. The Challenge typically receives over 1000 entries from as many as 80 schools around the South of England and beyond
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The Challenge provides fun exercises in creative problem solving and mathematical thinking.
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Winners of the 2019 Challenge at the award ceremony.
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Winners of the 2022 Challenge at the award ceremony.
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Public lecture at the 2022 Challenge at the award ceremony.
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2022 Challenge at the award ceremony.
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2022 Challenge at the award ceremony.
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Hasan El-Agaty visiting from the British International School in Cairo to receive his 2022 certificate

The Maths Challenge 2024 is now closed. The next Maths Challenge will launch in Jan 2025. Keep an eye out for this page!

If you would like to be notified of announcements about the Maths Challenge or other outreach events at the University of Southampton, please provide your email here.

 

Who is this for?

The Junior and Senior Challenges consist of a selection of interesting mathematical questions for pupils to attempt at home. The Junior Challenge is aimed at students up to Year 8 and the Senior Challenge is aimed at students up to Year 10. In previous years we have even had some entries from year 5 and 6 pupils - very impressive!

 

Benefits of joining

 

How do I join?

It is completely free to join. We accept entries from schools anywhere in the UK and from British Schools Overseas. We encourage teachers to organize their students’ entries. Simply download the materials below for your appropriate year groups and distribute them to your students.

 

How do I submit?

The deadline for submissions has now passed.

Challenge materials downloads

The Junior Challenge is aimed at students up to Year 8.
The Senior Challenge is aimed at students up to Year 10. 
There are no lower limits to joining either of the challenges.

Junior Challenge 2024 questions download
Senior Challenge 2024 questions download

Prizes and award ceremony

The most successful students will be invited, with their parents and teachers, to attend an evening of mathematical recreation at the University of Southampton on 5 June 2024, at which prizes and certificates will be awarded.


Past years' materials and winners

2024
Junior Challenge 2024 with solutions
Senior Challenge 2024 with solutions

2023
Junior Challenge 2023 with solutions
Senior Challenge 2023 with solutions
Winners of Challenge 2023
Award Ceremony 2023

2022
Junior Challenge 2022 with solutions
Senior Challenge 2022 with solutions
Winners of Challenge 2022
Award Ceremony 2022

2021
Junior Challenge 2021 with solutions
Senior Challenge 2021 with solutions
Winners of Junior Challenge 2021
Winners of Senior Challenge 2021

2020
Junior Challenge 2020 with solutions
Senior Challenge 2020 with solutions
Winners of Junior Challenge 2020
Winners of Senior Challenge 2020


Contact us

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to our email:

Mathematics Outreach Team
math4all@soton.ac.uk

Itamar Yaakov
Director of Outreach

Arman Darbinyan
Outreach and Schools Liaison

Sunny Yu
Outreach and Schools Liaison

 

 

 

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