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MathsBombe launches this week

16 Jan 2017

Following the success of The Alan Turing Cryptography Competition, The School of Mathematics launched MathsBombe last year and this also proved a great hit with youngsters

MathsBombe is an online competition aimed at students in Years 12 & 13 and below (England and Scotland), S5 & S6 and below (Scotland) and Year 13 & 14 and below (Northern Ireland).  So if you know of anyone in that age group who likes puzzles and prizes, please read on.

Every fortnight (starting from Wednesday, 18 January and running until Friday, 17 March 2017), two new mathematical puzzles will be released. There are prizes for the first team to submit the correct answer for each puzzle, as well as “spotprizes” for three teams drawn at random from all the correct solutions every fortnight. 

The puzzles will be quirky, fun and cover the full spectrum of Mathematics; they will not be directly related to the A-Level syllabus and will be unlike problems in, say, the UKMT. Instead, students will need to use their problem-solving skills and be able to ‘think outside the box’ - valuable skills for students going on to study STEM subjects at university.

Participants will be competing against other students from across the UK, so it’s a great way for them to build team-working skills and develop their ability to work under pressure. Competing in MathsBombe would look excellent on any UCAS personal statement or CV!

Further information and registration

For more details, including how to register, please visit:

MathsBombe is supported by the Dame Kathleen Ollerenshaw Trust. Dame Kathleen Ollerenshaw, famous for her work on magic squares, held a lifelong commitment to encouraging interest in mathematics amongst young people.