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MathsBombe Competition starts on 10 January

08 Jan 2018

Outreach and engagement opportunity from the School of Maths

MathsBombe is an online competition run by the School of Mathematics and aimed at students in Years 12 & 13 and below (England and Scotland), S5 & S6 and below (Scotland) and Year 13 & 14 and below (Northern Ireland). Every fortnight (starting from 10th January and running until 14th March 2018) two new mathematical puzzles will be released. There are prizes for the first team to submit the correct answer for each puzzle, as well as “spot-prizes” for three teams drawn at random from all the correct solutions every fortnight.

The puzzles will be quirky, fun and cover the full spectrum of Mathematics; they will not be directly related to the A-Level syllabus and will be unlike problems in, say, the UKMT. Instead students will need to use their problem-solving skills and be able to ‘think outside the box’ - valuable skills for students going on to study STEM subjects at university.

Participants will be competing against other students from across the UK, so it’s a great way for them to build team-working skills and develop their ability to work under pressure. Competing in MathsBombe would look excellent on any UCAS personal statement or CV!

Registration is now open and the competition begins at 4pm on Wednesday 10th January 2018!

For more details, including how to register, please visit:

The competition is supported by the Dame Kathleen Ollerenshaw Trust.