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The Maths Careers website is a great way to find out how equations you learn in your maths lessons at school can apply to the real world. Did you know that ratios can help you bake a cake? Or that area and volume help us hunt for dinosaurs? What about how Newton’s laws of motion keep roller coasters on track? These are just a few of the places maths can take you – but what about the mathematicians who help you get there?

iPod ShuffleBelieve it or not, maths hasn’t been around forever, and all the ideas you learn at school had to be dreamt up by a mathematician from the past. We want you to pick one of these historical mathematicians and design an A4 poster about them. Do a little digging and find out the things they don’t teach in your maths lessons – who were these mathematicians? What were their lives like? How did they come up with their great mathematical ideas? The best three posters from readers aged 11-14, 14-16 and 16-19 will win an iPod shuffle and a £25 iTunes voucher, and we’ll also put your posters on the Maths Careers website for everyone to see!


The winners of the Poster Competition 2010-11 are:

Nayomi JaisonNayomi Jaison

Lordswood Girls’ School, Birmingham (11-14 age group)
View poster (JPG, 751Kb)
Download poster (PDF, 281Kb)


Siobhan GloverSiobhan Glover

Blessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic College, Worcester (14-16 age group)
View poster (JPG, 815Kb )
Download poster (PDF, 218Kb)


Imran Khan

Grange Technology College, Bradford (16-19 age group)
View poster (JPG, 524Kb)
Download poster (PDF, 112Kb)


Congratulations to the three winners and thanks to all participants for the brilliant posters you sent us!! We had more than 350 entries from over 30 schools around the U.K (listed below). A selection of posters in PDF form can be downloaded here (PDF, 19.9Mb).


Participating Schools:

Hills Road Sixth Form College, Cambridge

North Halifax Grammar School, Halifax

Grange Technology College, Bradford

Test Valley School, Hampshire

The Manchester Grammer School, Manchester

Peebles High School, Peebles, Scotland

The Duston School, Northampton

The Kingstone School, South Yorkshire

King James’s School, Knaresborough

Cardinal Hume Catholic School, Gateshead

Canford School, Wimborne, Dorset

St Georges College, Surrey

Wallington County Grammar School, Surrey

Abronhill High School, Cumbernauld, Scotland

The Liverpool Bluecoat School, Wavertree

Oasis Academy Coulsdon, Surrey

Loreto Grammar School, Cheshire

Bluecoat School Liverpool, Liverpool

Grange Academy, Kilmarnock, Scotland

Portlethen Academy, Portlethen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Lordswood Girls’ School, Birmingham

Farnley Park High School, Leeds

Blessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic College, Worcester

Notre Dame High School, Greenock, Scotland

Loreto Grammar School, Altrincham, Cheshire

The Glasgow Academy, Glasgow, Scotland

Forfar Academy, Forfar, Scotland

Fairfield High School For Girls, Manchester

Kilchuimen Academy, Fort Augustus, Scotland

Viewforth High School, Kirkaldy, Scotland

Cedars School of Excellence, Greenock, Scotland

The Waid Academy, Scotland