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The Young Mathematicians' Award

Have you heard of the Young Mathematicians' Award (YMA)?  If not, you can find out more here.

In this feature, we have gathered together some of the tasks which were created for the YMA.  Bernard, one of the members of the NRICH team, hatches these brain-stretching activities so if you are looking for a serious challenge, you have come to the right place!  These tricky tasks were written to be worked on as a team, so gather some of your friends together and have a go!  Why not persuade your teacher to enter a team for this year's event?


Six Ten Total link

Six Ten Total live

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

This challenge combines addition, multiplication, perseverance and even proof.

Six Numbered Cubes link

Six Numbered Cubes live

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

This task combines spatial awareness with addition and multiplication.

Display Boards link

Display Boards live

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Design an arrangement of display boards in the school hall which fits the requirements of different people.

The Dice Train link

The Dice Train live

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

This dice train has been made using specific rules. How many different trains can you make?

Cover the Tray link

Cover the Tray live

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.

Ribbon Squares link

Ribbon Squares live

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

What is the largest 'ribbon square' you can make? And the smallest? How many different squares can you make altogether?