Schools Plus Competition

Schools Plus Competition

Winners of the 2018 Competition

Very many congratulations to:

Pippa Wakelin from Kendrick School in Reading who won in the 11-15 category for her paper on the History and Uses of Infinity.

and

Charles Austin, from Norwich School in Norwich, who won in the 16-19 category for his paper on Calculating Risk: Where would we be without the mathematics of risk?

The winners will be awarded at the BSHM Meeting at Gresham College on 24th October, at 4pm.

About the Competition

This is an annual competition, and we advise that, if you are interested in participating in the next, 2019 round, you come back to this page after Christmas when the new competition will be set.

This year the competition call was as follows:

From computer games to smart phones, and from the weather forecast to our solar system — mathematics is essential in describing and understanding the world around us. Have you ever wondered what the world would be like without mathematics?

Mathematics has been part of human culture for millennia. This competition is your chance to explore how mathematics has developed and achieved its status. Where does mathematics come from? How do we know it’s true? What is the contribution of a particular person or culture?

The British Society for the History of Mathematics (BSHM) believes that understanding where mathematics comes from and who has contributed to the development of mathematical ideas is an important part of understanding mathematics today. BSHM, working with PLUS magazine, invites secondary school students to explore this question and communicate their findings for a wide audience (age 16 upwards).

You could write an article (maximum 1500 words), make a short video (maximum ten minutes) or a multi-media project (maximum ten minutes).

The competition is open to all young people aged 11 to 15 and 16 to 19 who are in secondary education.  A number of monetary prizes will be awarded, depending upon the quality and the number of entries.  The maximum prize will be £100.  Winners to be announced at the BSHM meeting at Birkbeck College on 19th May, and then on this web page.

The deadline for entries is Friday, 4th May 2018. Entries should be submitted electronically using this form.

If you have had problems submitting your entry and need advice, please send the details to admin@bshm.ac.uk

Previous years' winners

2016-17Nicholas Munro (age 11-15  category) of the Sackville School, Kent, for an essay entitled A brief exploration of mathematical modelling, and Dougal Houston (age 16-19 category) of Godalming Sixth Form College, Surrey, for an essay entitled The pioneers of mathematics and where we would be without them.

2015-16 BSHM Schools Plus Competition was won by Chiara Falls, from Guildford UK, for an essay entitled Discovering Links Between Maths and Architecture. Chiara was presented with her prize at the BSHM meeting at Birkbeck, University of London on 21 May 2016.