The National Final of the STMC took place at the Royal Horticultural Halls in London on the 7th February 2017 and featured 88 teams, all the winners from the regional heats plus the best runners-up from across the country.
The final got underway with the poster competition, details of which were sent to schools a few weeks before the final. This year the theme was Cellular Automata which are mathematical models of computing machines. Among the most famous of these are Turing machines and Conway’s game Life. The teams produced their posters and included the solutions to the three questions that they were given on the day. The topic inspired some excellent designs and after considerable deliberation the judges selected RGS, Newcastle as the winners (pictured below).
In the main competition the standard was as high as usual, but an additional relay round added to the competition proved challenging enough to ensure that a single clear winner emerged this year. The winners were Ruthin School, North Wales (pictured). In second place was Magdalen College School with Headington School in third place. The competition was once again sponsored by Rolls Royce plc.
2016/17 Winners: Ruthin School
2016/17 Poster Winners:RGS Newcastle
The National Final of the STMC took place at the Royal Horticultural Halls in Westminster on 2nd February 2016 with 86 teams, all the winners from the regional heats plus best runners-up, taking part. This is a record number of teams and reflects the huge interest in the competition. After three hours of intense mathematical activity there was nothing between the three top teams, and so the joint STMC champions for 2015-16 are King Edward’s School, Birmingham, Ruthin School, North Wales, and Westminster School. The prizes were presented by Dr. Peter Neumann of Oxford University. The competition was once again sponsored by Rolls Royce plc.
The poster competition was on the topic of Kirkman’s schoolgirl problem and Steiner systems. As well as providing background information on the topic, students had to answer three questions, one of which was “Show that there is essentially only one Steiner triple system with 7 points”
The poster competition was won by Backwell School, with runners-up Myton School, Warwick and Bournemouth School.
2015/16 Joint Winners: Westminster
2015/16 Joint Winners: Ruthin
2015/16 Joint Winners: King Edward's
2015/16 Poster Winners: Backwell
The National Final took place at the Royal Horticultural Halls in London on 3rd February 2015. 79 teams took part including all the winners from the regional heats plus the best runners-up from across the country. The standard was very high with several teams picking up maximum marks in at least one of the three rounds.
The joint winners were Hampton School, King Edward's School, Birmingham and Harrow School. The prizes were presented by Dr David Acheson of Oxford University who congratulated all the finalists on their outstanding achievements and warned them against dividing by zero. The competition was once again sponsored by Rolls-Royce plc.
The theme of the Poster Competition was ‘Mathematics of the Solar System’. There were plenty of appealing designs and some very good attempts at the three problems. Dunblane High School emerged as the winners with Oakham School as runners up and Reading School in 3rd place. Prizes were donated and presented by Dr Andrew Jobbings of Arbelos Designs.
2014/15 Joint Winners: Harrow
2014/15 Joint Winners: Hampton
2014/15 Joint Winners: King Edwards Birmingham
2014/15 Poster Winners: Dunblane
The National Final took place at the Camden Centre in London on 4th February 2014. 59 teams, all winners from the regional heats, took part in the STMC final and poster competition. Hampton School, London became the overall champions for 2013/14, with Alton College, Hampshire in second place and Rainham Mark Grammar School, Kent in third place. The prizes were presented by Dr. Peter Neumann of Oxford University who congratulated all the finalists on their outstanding achievements. The Poster Competition on the theme of Ruled Surfaces was won by The Grammar School at Leeds, runner-up was Queen Elizabeth’s Academy, Crediton and in third place was Queen Elizabeth’s High School, Gainsborough.
2013/14 Poster Competition Winners
On 5th February the National Final took place at the Camden Centre in London. 62 teams were invited to final which was won by Westminster School for the third time. There was a three-way tie for second place between City of London School, Eton College and Magdalen College School, Oxford. The poster competition, on the theme of Sets and Logic, was won by The Grammar School at Leeds. In second place was Worthing 6th form college and third was the Royal Grammar School, Newcastle. This year the competition was sponsored by Rolls-Royce plc. Sarah Malik from Rolls-Royce attended the final and presented the prizes.
2012/13 Poster Competition Winners
On February 1st at the Camden Centre, London, 63 teams competed in the 2011/12 STMC Final. The teams had already competed in regional finals, which had taken place all round the UK. The overall winners of the competition were Alton College in Hampshire. Second place went to Dean Close School, Cheltenham and in third place was Headington School, Oxford. During the morning there was also a poster competition, which was won by Royal Grammar School from Newcastle, with Rendcomb College in Gloucestershire in second place and Oakham School in Rutland in third place. Mark Higgins from hp Calculators was able to attend the event and presented the prizes.
2011/12 Poster Competition Winners
On February 2nd at the Camden Centre, London, 65 teams competed in the 2010/11 STMC Final. Teams had already competed in a heat, which had taken place all round the country. The overall winners of the competition were Harrow School. Second place went to Colchester Royal Grammar School and there was a three-way tie for third between Merchant Taylors' School, Abingdon School and Concord College. During the day there was also a poster competition, which was won by North London Collegiate, with Bootham school in second place and Abingdon in third. Karen FitzGerald from hp calculators was able to attend the event and awarded the prizes.
2010/11 Poster Competition Winners
On February 3rd at the Camden Centre, London, 69 teams competed in the 2009/10 STMC Final. Teams had already competed in a heat, which had taken place all round the country. The overall winners of the competition were Westminster School, who successfully defended the title they won in 2008/09. Second place went to King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford and third place was Abingdon School. During the day there was also a poster competition, which was won by King Edward VI High School for Girls. Professor Marcus du Sautoy was able to attend the event and awarded the prizes.
2009/10 Poster Competition Winners
In February 2009 the STMC final was held in London where sixty teams from schools around the country competed. The event was a huge success, despite being postponed due to the extreme weather conditions. Special guest Simon Singh kindly made an appearance to give a short talk and to present the prizes to the winners and runners up. The winning team from Westminster School was made up of students Andrew Hyer, James Male, Ramana McConnon and Anna Seigal.
For information about the competition and heats see the Main Page
Go to the Schools Training Page for further information about how the competition runs and access to training resources. For questions and solutions from previous competitions go to STMC Past Materials
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