Schools Plus Competition

Schools Plus Competition

Where would the world be without mathematics?

LATEST: The BSHM is pleased to announce that Chiara Falls, from Guildford UK, has won this year’s Schools Plus Competition 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.

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 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 21 May, and then on this web page.

The deadline for entries is Thursday 24 March 2016. Entries should be submitted electronically using this form.

If you have had problems submitting your entry and need advice, please send the details to

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