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Thank you all for entering the Visualising Data poster competition. There were 3 winners altogether, with joint winners in the years 9 – 11 group.

Our next competition will be online in Autumn 2016.

Winner: Years 7 & 8

Eve Corrigan, Bury Grammar School.
Popular birth month

 Joint Winners: Years 9 – 11

Jake Mussen, St Pauls Catholic School Chloe Bardou, Barnwell School
shots and goals
Favourite chocolate bar

Honourable Mentions: Years 7 & 8:

 Eloise Cumming, St Clement’s High School Isabel Sweeney, Bury Grammar School

Average year 8 student


Favourite Numbers
 Emily Seddon, Bury Grammar School Ania Bowling, Bury Grammer School
14ESeddon  Movie Genre
Jasmine Macharia, St Pauls Catholic School 
Favourite Shows on TV

Honourable Mentions: Years 9 – 11

Shafiqul Haque, St Pauls Catholic School Keerthika Yoganathan, The Tiffin Girls’ School
console that sold the most Favourite colour
Anna Parkin, St Pauls Catholic School Imogen Kingsman, St Pauls Catholic School
1 My chemical romance
Willow Arlett, St Pauls Catholic School
Lion King



Telling a story through data visualisation is an important skill for those involved in mathematical and statistical careers. Can you find some interesting data that you want to tell a story about? You will need to collect your own data or obtain data from the Internet and then produce a poster that uses data visuals to tell a story.

Poster instructions/criteria:

  • Choose some data which you want to tell a story about. Telling a story means using your poster to explain what the data shows in a clear and understandable way.
  • Your poster should use one or more methods of representing data to tell a clear story about your data. There are a vast number of different options to choose from. For example you could use mean, median and mode, standard deviation, percentages, bar charts, pie charts, scatter graphs, pictograms, line graphs, frequency polygons, stem and leaf diagrams, box plots or histograms, or you could invent your own method of representing data.
  • If you choose to use someone else’s data from the internet please include a link to where you found it.
  • You can draw your poster by hand; use a computer; or a mixture of both. If you create a chart or graphic using something other than Microsoft Excel, please include a small reference to what you used.
  • Your poster must be maximum A4 size.

Example posters

To get you started please take a look at the following posters. 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!

There will be three categories for judging:

  • Years Seven and Eight
  • Years Nine, Ten and Eleven
  • Years Twelve and Thirteen

If you need to calculate your school year using your date of birth please use the table below. Approximate Scottish school years are shown as a guide.


WordPress Data Table Plugin


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

The closing date is Friday 17th June, 2016 and winners will be announced here in July 2016.

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


Please make sure you have attached your image before you hit submit!



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 judgment, 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 July 2016, 2016. Individual winners will be notified by the promoters before the end of July 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.