Students from saltash.net community school and Landulph Primary school have all been working extremely hard over the last few weeks preparing their cars for the semifinal of the 2014 national Jaguar Cars Maths in Motion challenge. Having seen off thousands of entrants in the first round, both schools have been using maths to program their cars to race against the best 80 schools in the country at the Watkins Glen International Circuit, USA. Students have been measuring angles, converting distances using scales and calculating percentages as accurately as possible in order to gain any advantage possible over their competitors.
After two very hard fought semifinal races it was announced on the website that both saltash.net and Landulph had made it through to the national final. saltash.net finished 1st out of 35 entrants in their semifinal leading from start to finish, having qualified on pole position. This is the 4th year in a row that saltash.net has made it to the national final and a 3rd year for Year 10 experts Ed Gilford and Walter Stroud who won their age range last year and will be looking to defend their title.
For Landulph, after a couple of years of near misses, their hard work has paid off and this will be their first national final appearance. Landulph finished their semifinal race in a superb 4th place out of 45 entrants. Representing Landulph will be Matthew Thomas, Nathan Legg, Jamie Jagger and Jonny Barnes.
Preparations are now well under way ahead of the national final which is being held at the Heritage Motor Centre on Wednesday 25th June.
Gareth Jones, Key Stage 5 Maths Coordinator at saltash.net said, ‘We would like to wish the very best of luck to all students involved in the national final. It is brilliant that this double success has come in the first year of the Multi Academy Trust. It just goes to show some of the many advantages of schools working in close partnership.’