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Thank you to everyone who sent in an entry for our Famous Equation contest. We had over 250 posters to judge and the standard was very high.


See if you are a winner!


Years 7 – 8 Winner

Rubab Imran

Preston Muslim Girls High School

Years 9 – 11 Winner

Aimee Sharp

Thomas Gainsborough School

Years 12 – 13 Winner

Christina Newton

St Marks Catholic School

Years 7 – 8 Honourable Mentions


Amaan Kauji

Eden Boys School


Mubshrah Zia



Huriyah Malik

Preston Muslim Girls High School

Noelani Upton

Thomas Gainsborough School

Lottie Cooper

Thomas Gainsborough School

Years 9 – 11

Honourable Mentions

Adil Malek

Eden Boys School

Alina Pepe

Poole high school

Olivia Hacker

Poole high school

Tilly Woolridge

Poole high school


Olivia Hockley

Thomas Gainsborough School

Years 12 – 13

Honourable Mentions

Jiaolin Chen

Ely College

Katie Lowry

Holyrood Academy

Ben Robertson

Poole HIgh School

Tess Martin

St Marks Catholic School

Charlotte Hudson

Stroud High School



There are lots of famous equations in mathematics – and many of them have made a big impact on the world in which we live.

In our new competition we want you to make a poster aimed at showcasing one of these famous equations.  We want your posters to be eye catching and informative and to focus on one famous equation, rather than listing lots of different equations.  We think this will have more impact!

We don’t want to suggest which equation to pick – if you are unsure then do some research on the internet and choose your favourite.

Poster Guidance

To get you started you can view a larger version of the image above, to give you an idea of the things you could include on your poster.

Poster instructions/criteria:

  • Your poster should focus on one famous mathematical equation.
  • Your poster should be aimed at showing how beautiful/interesting/useful your chosen equation is.
  • Your poster should explain what the different symbols in your equation mean, and it should explain what the equation represents.
  • Some equations are very complicated, whereas others are very simple. Either option could win the competition – it depends on the quality of the poster, not how complicated your equation is.
  • It sounds obvious, but your poster should be a poster – i.e. it doesn’t need to contain lots and lots of words, 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
  • Paper entries – Please mark your name, school year, and school clearly on the back of your entry. Please do not staple or glue items on to your work as posters are scanned for judging.
  • Online entries – Please ensure that the email address you provide is valid and that you choose the correct year group.


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 Friday 8th June 2018

Winners will be announced here at the end of June 2018.

To enter complete the form below:



or post your entry to:

MathsCareers Equation Poster Competition
Catherine Richards House
16 Nelson Street

If you are a teacher and wish to submit a large number of entries please contact [email protected]

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 MathsCareers Equation Poster Competition, 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  June 2018. Individual winners will be notified by the promoters before the end of July 2018
  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 8th June 2018. 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.