CREST Awards

Science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) enrichment activities to inspire and engage young people aged 5-19 years

11/07/2014

Show me content for... +

Show me content for...
Events
Resources
Volunteers
Teachers
Professional development
Families & teenagers (aged 12+)
Families (children aged 12 & under)

Donate

register

Register with us and you can....

  • Sign up to our free e-communications
  • Become a member of the Association
  • Create your own web account, & post comments
  • Be part of British Science Festival
  • Save your favourite items

Register

Keep up to date with the latest news from the British Science Assocation. Sign up to our RSS feeds and take us with you when you are on the move.

You are here

In this section...

In your area

Choose from...

Find your CREST Local Coordinator

The Jaguar Cars Maths in Motion Challenge for Schools

This Challenge, which is for students aged 9 to 16, has been running in schools for 10 years and is probably the biggest schools maths challenge in the UK, with an estimated 150,000 students taking part each year.

The project is software based and relies on students, working together in small teams, applying a range of maths, engineering and science skills to set up a ‘virtual’ Grand Prix racing car – STEM by any other name! This car then competes in a race with ‘cars’ set up by their colleagues. Using actual circuit diagrams (this is definitely not a game!), they will need to calculate/measure the lengths of straights and angles of the bends to help them determine their race speeds for each feature.

Just for good measure, throw into the mix work involving aerodynamics, gears, suspension and engine tuning, and then use of the following, and you will have one very exciting project on your hands - and you don't have to know anything at all about cars!

Students involved in the challenge are eligible for the CREST Bronze Award. This means that provided you register your students with your CREST coordinator at the beginning of the project, and your students complete a CREST Bronze profile form throughout the challenge collating their worksheets and calculations, their hard work can be recognised with the CREST Awards.

If you would like to know how your school can join in the challenge, there is plenty of additional information on the Maths in Motion Challenge for schools website. You can also contact Brian Richardson, the National Organiser, on info@mathschallenge.org.uk or by calling him on 01487 741223. If you would like to register for the CREST Awards please contact your CREST Local Coordinator.