Maths Challenge Equals A Huge Success

February 9, 2018

TEENAGERS with a natural aptitude for maths came to the Port of Southampton to take part in the second ABP Maths Challenge.
Staged in partnership with Applemore College, the event attracted nearly 100 youngsters from schools across Hampshire – Hounsdown School, Applemore College, Romsey School, Testwood School, Regents Park, New Forest Academy, Redbridge School and Mountbatten School – and there was a great atmosphere of friendly competition.
A team from Romsey School emerged the winners, with Applemore College in second place. A cheque for £500 will be presented to the winning school’s maths 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.
The competition was designed to allow students to apply broader aspects of mathematical thought processes rather than simply to do the same sort of questions they will see in their GCSE exams.
The day kicked off with a welcome from ABP Southampton Project Engineer Connor Smith. In addition to his day job, leading multi-million pound construction projects at the port he is an Enterprise Advisor – a role which sees him going into schools to help bring the world of work to life.
Apprentices, including Ollie Blay , who is a mechanical engineering apprentice at the port, addressed the youngsters and explained how maths plays a major role in their working lives.
Connor explained: “This event is a great way to show how maths can be applied in the worksplace 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 our port today.”
Debbie Hindle from Applemore College explained the challenge came about through a collaboration between Applemore College and ABP Southampton.
“It is vital 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,” she said.
Jade Fuller, Solent LEP Enterprise Co-ordinator and team leader, said: “It is fantastic that through the Enterprise Advisor Network, we can support schools in the local area so they can take part in challenges like this.
“We are really pleased to be working with ABP Southampton.”