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Many thanks to everyone who entered the contest. We had over 280 posters to judge and it was tough to pick the winners!

Our next competition will be online after Easter.



Winners – all age groups


Years 7 – 8

Fatima Angraj

Preston Muslim Girls High School


Years 9 – 11

Fatimah Patel

Preston Muslim Girls High School



Years 12 – 13

Laeticia Junanto

Bancrofts School




Years 7 – 8 Runners up


Aneeqa Saleem

Preston Muslim Girls High School

Aaliah Master

Preston Muslim Girls High School

Habibah Miah

Preston Muslim Girls High School

Rachelle Overilingaite

Giles Academy


Asra Malik

Preston Muslim Girls High School


Years 9 – 11 Runners up

Annie Finn

Sacred Heart High School

Misbah Patel

Preston Muslim Girls High School

Zane Fernandes

Giles Academy

Naima Lambat

Preston Muslim Girls High School

Saariyah Bhana

Preston Muslim Girls High School

Maja Kowalska

McAuley Catholic High School



Years 12 – 13 Runners Up

Nesha Vuriti

Northampton School for Girls

Alan Penney

Aquinas College

Thabooja Sathiapal

Wycombe High School


People don’t always realise that maths is everywhere you look and needed every day by everyone!

In our new competition we want you to make a poster aimed at showing teenagers how maths is needed every day.  We want your posters to be eye catching and informative and to focus on one use of maths, rather than listing lots of different uses.  We think this will have more impact!

Choose one area of life which uses maths.  Here is a wide range of suggestions to help get you started.  However you should also try researching your own topic as it could make your poster stand out more to the judges. (You can still win by using one of our suggestions – your poster will just need to be top quality!)

Some ideas for poster topics.

  • Architecture
  • Biology/nature
  • Cooking/baking
  • DIY
  • Engineering
  • Football
  • Music Technology
  • Satnavs
  • Shopping
  • Smart Phones
  • Sport
  • Transport


Poster instructions/criteria:

  • Your poster should focus on one way in which maths is used everyday. This use of maths can be almost anything as long as you explain it well.
  • Your poster should be aimed at showing a teenage audience that maths is useful in everyday life.
  • It sounds obvious, but your poster should be a poster – i.e. it doesn’t need to contain lots and lots of words and it needs to be visually eye catching and should give out a strong message.
  • You can draw your poster by hand; use a computer; or a mixture of both.
  • Your poster must be A4 size.

Example posters

To get you started please take a look at the following posters which were produced by professionals.  Try not to copy them, they are just a few ideas to fire up your imagination.  In fact we hope you can do much better and be much more creative!

To see larger versions of the example posters click on the images.

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poster-contest-decorating-example poster-contest-origami-sport
poster-contest-origami-navigation poster-contest-origami-music
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Download all of the example posters as a pdf

Download a PowerPoint teaching resource for this competition.


There will be three categories for judging:

  • Years 7 and 8
  • Years 9, 10 and 11
  • Years 12 and 13

If you need to calculate your Scottish school year use the table below.

WordPress Data Table Plugin


The winning posters from students in each category will receive an Android tablet. There will also be five ‘highly commended’ certificates awarded in each group.

All winning and highly commended posters will be on display on the Maths Careers website.

The closing date is 12th January 2017

Winners will be announced here at the end of January 2017.



Poster Competition Rules

  1. The promoters of the competition are the sponsors of the Maths Careers website 
  2. It is a condition of entry of this competition that all entrants agree to these competition rules. By permitting their children to enter the competition parents and guardians shall be deemed to consent to the entries being submitted on the terms of these competition rules.
  3. The competition is open to entrants between the ages of 11 and 19 who are residents of the United Kingdom.
  4. No purchase is necessary to enter the competition.
  5. There are three entry categories, based upon the ages of the entrants: Years 7 – 8, Years 9 – 11 and Years 12 – 13. One prize will be awarded for the winner of each category and there will be ‘Highly Commended’ certificates awarded in each age group.
  6. Entries can be submitted via the relevant mechanisms on the website or posted to the Maths Careers Project Manager, Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, Catherine Richards House, 16 Nelson Street, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 1EF.
  7. Posters must be A4 printed size only. Postal entries will not be entered into the competition if they are any other size.
  8. The poster must be solely the original work and the property of the entrant.
  9. Any poster that has won a prize in another competition is not eligible and will be disqualified if entered.
  10. Entrants may submit no more than one entry which must be made in their applicable age category only. Multiple entries will be disqualified.
  11. The promoters’ decision on all matters relating to the competition is final. No correspondence will be entered into concerning the judgement, administration or organization of the competition, including any assessment of the eligibility of any entry submitted.
  12. Winners will be announced on the website in late January 2017. Individual winners will be notified by the promoters before the end of February 2016
  13. It is a condition of entry to the competition that entrants (or the parents or guardians of entrants) irrevocably permit the promoters and their licensees to copy, reproduce and publish entries in connection only with the promotion of and publicity for this competition and the winning entries. 
  14. The closing date for entries to the competition is midnight on 17th June, 2016. Entries received after that date will not be accepted, displayed or judged.
  15. No responsibility will be accepted by the promoters for entries which are lost, late, corrupted, incomplete, defaced, ineligible or otherwise do not comply with these rules (any of which may be deemed invalid at the sole discretion of the promoters).
  16. The prizes are as stated in the competition rules. Prizes are non-refundable and not transferable. No cash alternative will be offered. The promoters reserve the right to substitute the prizes (or any part of them) for prizes of equivalent or greater monetary value if that is necessary for reasons beyond their control.
  17. The promoters will not be liable for prizes that do not reach prize winners for reasons beyond the promoters’ reasonable control. If prize winners cannot be traced after reasonable effort the promoters will dispose of prizes as they think fit without liability to prize winners.
  18. The promoters reserve the right to cancel or amend the competition, at any time without prior notice. 
  19. This competition is governed by the laws of English and Wales and subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts.