Schools Plus Competition
Schools Plus Competition
Call for submissions is now closed!
This is an annual competition, and we advise that, if you are interested in participating in the next, 2020 round, you come back to this page later in the year, when the new competition will be set.
This year the competition call is for you to make a case for the most importantyour favourite mathematician in the history of mathematics:
The most important, or My favourite mathematician of all times for me was….
Have you ever wondered what the world would be like without mathematics? And who are the people who make new mathematics and how they do it?
This competition is your chance to explore how mathematics has developed and achieved its status and who were the most important mathematicians in history who contributed to it. This year we would like you to concentrate on choosing one mathematician who has, in your opinion, been the most important person, your favourite, and to make the case for it – to explain his/her mathematics and to show their importance or what you think was special about it and them.
The British Society for the History of Mathematics (BSHM) believes that understanding where mathematics comes from and who has contributed to the development of mathematical ideas is an important part of understanding mathematics today. BSHM, working with PLUS magazine, invites secondary school students to explore this question and communicate their findings for a wide audience (age 16 upwards).
You could write an article (maximum 1500 words), make a short video (maximum ten minutes) or a multi-media project (maximum ten minutes).
The competition is open to all young people aged 11 to 15 and 16 to 19 who are in secondary education. A number of monetary prizes will be awarded, depending upon the quality and the number of entries. The maximum prize will be £100.
The deadline for entries is Friday, 1st September 2019. Entries should be submitted electronically using this form.
Winners will be notified to collect their prizes in London, at the Society’s Gresham College meeting on the 23rd October 2019, and the recording of this will be posted on this site, with a link given also from the Plus+ Magazine.
If you have had problems submitting your entry and need advice, please send the details to our Education Officer Dr Snezana Lawrence.
- For further information, have a look at these pages.
- Where would the world be without mathematics? (a previous competition)
- Guidelines for entrants
- Competition rules
Previous years' winners
2017-18: Pippa Wakelin from Kendrick School in Reading who won in the 11-15 category for her paper on the History and Uses of Infinity and Charles Austin, from Norwich School in Norwich, who won in the 16-19 category for his paper on Calculating Risk: Where would we be without the mathematics of risk?
2016-17: Nicholas Munro (age 11-15 category) of the Sackville School, Kent, for an essay entitled A brief exploration of mathematical modelling, and Dougal Houston (age 16-19 category) of Godalming Sixth Form College, Surrey, for an essay entitled The pioneers of mathematics and where we would be without them.
2015-16 BSHM Schools Plus Competition was won by Chiara Falls, from Guildford UK, for an essay entitled Discovering Links Between Maths and Architecture. Chiara was presented with her prize at the BSHM meeting at Birkbeck, University of London on 21 May 2016.