Teenagers with a natural aptitude for Mathematics visited the Port of Southampton to take part in the second ABP Maths Challenge.
The competition was designed to allow students to apply broader aspects of mathematical thought processes rather than simply doing the type of questions they will see in their GCSE exams.
Staged in partnership with Applemore College, the event attracted youngsters from a number of schools across Hampshire including – Hounsdown School, Applemore College, The Romsey School, Testwood School, Regents Park, New Forest Academy, Redbridge School and Mountbatten School.
Debbie Hindle from Applemore College explained. “It is vital that we inspire young people and allow them to see maths used in a broader sense. Creating a competition with other schools outside of the classroom setting is a great way to show them what they can do with maths in the future.”
The team of Year 10 pupils from The Romsey School; Kira Hedges, Richard Gong, Gareth Hopkins and Subhaan Shahzad emerged the clear winners, with Applemore College in second place.
Richard Gong said, “We really enjoyed the experience and were thrilled when we heard that we had won.”
A cheque for £500 will be presented to the school’s Math’s department and both teams will be treated to an exclusive trip on a Harbour Master’s launch to show them the port from the water.
ABP Southampton Project Engineer, Connor Smith is an Enterprise Advisor and his role involves going into schools to help bring the world of work to life.
Connor explained: “This event is a great way to show how Maths can be applied in the work place and an opportunity to showcase the career opportunities at the port. “There has been great participation today and we are delighted to support the talent of the future at the port.”