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Scots Maths Whizzkids to Add Up Prizes 

Young maths whizzes from the North of Scotland representing 50 primary schools and 61 secondary schools will receive their prizes from the Mathematical Challenge problem-solving competition at an awards ceremony at the University of Aberdeen on Monday, 11 June at 2:30pm.

As part of Scotlandís largest mathematical challenge for schoolchildren, winners of gold or silver awards have been invited to attend together with their teachers and families.

Across North Scotland, over 732 schoolchildren took part in the competition, from over 61 primary and 50 secondary schools.

Mathematical and statistical displays will be on view in the morning in the Mathematics Department, followed by a lunch then a talk by Mr Bill Richardson MBE, the Chairman of the Scottish Mathematical Council, who will present the awards at 2:30 pm.


Notes to Editors:

1. A full list of winners is available from the Public Relations Office by phoning Alison Ramsay on (01224) 273778.

2. The Scottish Mathematical Council, formed in 1967, aims to foster and improve mathematical education at all levels and to encourage the advancement and application of mathematics throughout Scotland.  Its members are mathematicians representing educational, industrial and commercial organisations.

3. Mathematical Challenge was introduced in 1976, and has been run since then under the aegis of the Scottish Mathematical Council.  It is run in four sections, which together cover all the secondary schools in Scotland.  Each section has its own local organisers who are responsible for marking, selection of award winners, and arrangement of award ceremonies.  Dr John Sheehan and Dr Pak Chow of the University of Aberdeenís Mathematics Department are the organisers of the North Section for Scotland

4. There are no formal examinations.  In each division, three sets of problems are circulated during the school year.  Contestants are allowed plenty of time to solve the problems, but are expected to work alone and without supervision.

5. The competition is divided into four divisions: Primary, Junior (S1-S2), Middle (S3-S4), and Senior (S5-6).  Problems are sent out to Secondary schools twice a year and three times a year to Primary schools.

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