On 2nd July 2018, pupil representatives from 14 Liverpool schools stepped up to face the ‘dragons’ in our Year of Engineering inspired Dragons’ Den competition. Engineering is all about looking for ways to solve a problem. This year, students were asked to identify areas of maths teaching/learning which could be improved and to create an invention or design that would help to support maths in the classroom.
Pupils from a range of primary, secondary and special schools presented their maths-based designs to both their peers and a board of education and business professionals. Presented designs ranged from an environmentally friendly pencil case with in-built maths resources (fraction wall, conversion tables etc), to apps and games designed to allow pupils to practice their maths skills. Pupils presented their work formally but then had the opportunity to take part in a ‘marketplace’ where they could find out more about each other’s designs and ask their own questions of of the other teams.
Mrs Gavin from The Academy of St Francis of Assisi said “We are extremely proud that we were shortlisted and cannot wait to get stuck into next years event! Thank you for the opportunity- the girls and Mrs Poole said they had a lovely day.”
Mrs Tysoe from St Cecilia’s Infant School said “Our children had a great time and it was really nice to see all that enthusiasm for maths. What great inventions!”
The standard of the work entered and presented was extremely high and it was incredibly difficult for the dragons to reach a consensus but eventually the winning schools were chosen.
PRIMARY SCHOOL RUNNER UP: Rudston Primary School for their board game.
SECONDARY SCHOOL RUNNER UP: Broughton Hall Catholic College for their MUKA (Mathematical Understanding Knowledge Accumulator) device
PRIMARY SCHOOL WINNER: Lister Infants School for their Food Frenzy game app.
SECONDARY SCHOOL WINNER: Broadgreen International School for their ‘Telling The Time’ web app.
OVERALL WINNER: Childwall Abbey School for their times tables ‘snap watch.’
Thank you to all pupils and staff members involved. The standard of the work shown was fantastic as were the positive attitudes towards maths shown throughout the day!