The race is on
The aim is to encourage the use of information and communications technology (ICT) to support the teaching and learning of maths. All a school needs to do is download the free competition software from the BECTA website at: www.mathschallenge.ngfl.becta.org.uk.
Children will work in teams of four, using their mathsskills to plan and set up a virtual Grand Prix racing car. Teams have to calculate the fuel requirements, pit stop timings and maximum safe speeds for their virtual car to race on a given circuit. Between July and September schools can enter their best team into on-line regional heats which will be held in October. The winners from the regional heats will go forward to the Grand Prix On-line Maths Challenge VIP final, which will be hosted by Jaguar in November 2000.
The champions will win a day at a Jaguar racing event in 2001 and top of the range computer equipment for their school. There will be further prizes for runners - up and all finalists.
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