Primary pupils in maths technology challenge!

5th May 2015

Through the Make the Grade programme, five schools from the Navigate Trust in South Yorkshire took part in an Enterprising Challenge for which they had to design a Maths based game which can be played online.

The challenge was launched to pupils by Plusnet volunteers at Netherwood ALC in February. Since then pupils have been working tirelessly to create innovative games which would engage their peers in Maths to help improve their understanding and application of the subject. Key skills developed through the challenge included team work, communication and confidence with each group having the opportunity to pitch their ideas to volunteers. The challenge also enhanced pupil’s entrepreneurial skills in addition to enhancing creativity though game design and innovation.

Each school held internal heats with each winning team receiving invites to Plusnet head office. Pupils from Highgate Primary Academy, Carrfield Primary Academy, Darfield Primary Academy, Littleworth Grange and Gooseacre Primary Academy all competed against each other at the live final in April, pitching their ideas to a panel of 6 ‘Dragons’ including the CEO of Plusnet, Andy Baker.

After much deliberation from the judges, it was pupils from Carrfield Primary Academy who took home the prize after pitching a comprehensive idea which incorporated digital media with a range of complex math problems.

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