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Maths challenge adds up to rewarding day for students

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  • News date: Mar '22
  • News author: Liam Waite
Two boys hold certificates they have been presented with by Eliza Treme-Swailes

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NUMBER-CRUNCHING students from Lakes College celebrated Pi Day with a slice of competitive maths.
More than 30 learners took part in the Mathematics Education Innovation challenge at Lakes College, having progressed from the first round of the competition against their fellow students.
Working in pairs, they were tasked with completing a puzzle before tackling a quiz, with speed and accuracy key.


The two best pairs will now form a team of four to represent the college in the North West final at the end of April.
Maths lecturer Sarah Graham said the aim was to provide a fun way to help revision and improve problem-solving skills.
“It will build their confidence at solving problems in maths,” she said.

“It’s all about celebrating their achievements and will give them strategies to work together.
“The task can be done in different ways; for example, by skill or process of elimination.”
The competition took place on Pi Day, with the students enjoying pie for lunch and a cake made by the catering department to mark the occasion.