Challenges

2021 competitions are now available to download

MEM has been running Challenge and Senior Challenge take-home competitions in February half term since the late 1970s. Together, these competitions attract about 2,000 entries annually, with Challenge aimed at Years 7 and 8, and Senior Challenge aimed at Years 9 and 10.

A third competition, Open Challenge for students aged 18 and under, is organised by Liverpool Mathematical Society (LivMS). Open Challenge details can be found HERE

Copies of all three competitions are sent in January to local high schools and anyone else who has registered an interest. The deadline for returning entries is on the front of the particular question sheet and is usually early March. Challenge 2021 and Senior Challenge 2021 can be downloaded and printed from this webpage. Teachers should also download and print the Mark Sheets, which should, if possible, be completed with the pupils’ names and placed in the envelope containing the competition entries.

Please assist those doing the marking by entering the pupils’ names on the Mark Sheets in alphabetical order, and by submitting the entries in the same order. Please also submit Challenge and Senior Challenge entries in separate envelopes. Thank you.

It would help the MEM marking team to save a lot of time if schools that are open by the deadline were able to collect their pupils’ entries and post them together to the return address, along with the mark sheets. We do appreciate that this may be more difficult with the current school closures and we are happy for entries to be posted to us by pupils or their parents/carers if it is not possible to submit via a school. Postal entries are preferred to scanned and emailed entries, but these can also be accepted if pupils cannot send their work to us in the post via their school or directly.

All entries must clearly show the pupil’s name, school name and school postcode. If submitting entries individually, a maths teacher’s contact name and maths teacher’s email address would also be useful.

This year, due to the COVID-19 lockdown, we have extended the deadline for submitting entries to the 19th March. This change is reflected on the papers which are downloadable from this page (but not on the paper copies sent to school which were printed before Christmas).

Both competitions consist of about 8 questions usually centred around a particular theme, with illustrations provided by Theo Chaddock.
The theme for 2021 is Nature.
The best entrants will be invited (hopefully!), along with family or friends, to prize-giving evenings at the University of Liverpool on 9th June (Senior Challenge and 16th June (Challenge).

Financial support for Senior Challenge is kindly provided by Mercer.

Challenge & Senior Challenge 2021 Competitions and Mark Sheets

. . . to download, click the links below

Challenge 2021 Questions (pdf) Challenge 2021 Mark Sheets (doc)
Senior Challenge 2021 Questions (pdf) Senior Challenge 2021 Mark Sheets (doc)

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