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Thank you to everyone who entered. We received over 170  entries and it took a while to decide on the winners.

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Winning Posters

Years 7 – 8

Freddie Williamson

Beechwood Park School

Maths of spam detection

Years 9 – 11

Grace Robinson

Barnard Castle School

Maths of psychology

Years 12 – 13

Tilly Reed

Thorpe St Andrew School

maths of climbing


Years 7 – 8 Runners Up

Sriya Ravinuthala

Kingsbury High School

maths of farming

Heather Stark

Formby High School

maths of harp making

Cecily Maxwell

Beechwood Park School


maths of choc chip cookies

Megan Swift

Formby High School

maths of showjumping horses

Lewis Hall Lyon

Formby High School

maths of astronomy

Years 9 – 11 Runners Up

Julia Grzywacz

Wimbledon High School

maths of swimming

Charlie Duffield

Thorpe St Andrew School

maths of penalty kicks

Grace Richardson

Thorpe St Andrew School

maths of piano

Khushil Patel

Kingsbury High School

maths of football

Kaci Mincher

High Tunstall School


maths of tsunami warnings

Years 12 – 13 Runners Up

Elena Gupta

Wimbledon High School

maths of solving crimes

Jamie Smith

Thorpe St Andrew School

maths of credit cards

Sam Rix

Thorpe St Andrew School

maths of bowling

Sam Hursey

Thorpe St Andrew School

maths of rollercoasters

Hamza Butt

Kingsbury High School

maths of the spacecraft cemetery


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“Without mathematics, there’s nothing you can do. Everything around you is mathematics. Everything around you is numbers.”

Shakuntala Devi – Indian Mathematician

Mathematics is everywhere – but sometimes it is hidden from view and people don’t realise how important it is. In our new competition we want you to make a poster to show people some of the hidden maths in our world.

Pick one area where maths is important and make a poster revealing the hidden maths. Here are some ideas to get you started. Remember – you can choose a different topic – choosing a unique topic could even make your poster stand out more to the judges!

Show how Hidden Maths is used in…
Climate change
Earthquake resistant buildings
Tsunami warnings
Crime Detection
Health & Society
Business & Money
Science & Engineering

We want your posters to be eye-catching, informative and to focus on one area, rather than listing many different areas.

Poster Guidance

To get you started please take a look at this PowerPoint to give you an idea of the things you could include.

Poster instructions/criteria:

  • Your poster should focus on how Hidden Maths is used in one area
  • It sounds obvious, but your poster should be a poster – i.e. it doesn’t need to contain loads of words, it needs to be visually eye-catching and should give a strong message.
  • You can draw your poster by hand, use a computer, or a mixture of both.

For online entries – your poster must be in PDF format

For paper entries

  • Your poster must be A4 size only
  • Please clearly mark your name, year, and school on the back of your poster
  • Please do not attach anything to your poster, for example, beads, sequins, or ‘open the flap’ features (like this example)


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 MathsCareers website.

The closing date is Friday 7th June 2019

Winners will be announced here at the end of June 2019.

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 send them as a zip file to [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 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 2019. Individual winners will be notified by the promoters before the end of July 2019
  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 7th June 2019. 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.


Image credit:
Doyle Spiral” (CC BY 2.0) by fdecomite