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Senior Team Challenge

STMC19 National Final teams

The Senior Team Maths Challenge (STMC) is jointly organised by the UKMT and the Advanced Mathematics Support Programme (AMSP).

STMC information from the AMSP

The STMC is a competition testing mathematical, communication and teamwork skills, and students compete against teams from other schools and colleges from their region.

Each school or college is invited to enter a team of four pupils for a Regional Final, chosen from:

England and Wales School Years 11, 12 and 13
Scotland School Years S5 and S6
Northern Ireland School Years 12, 13 and 14

Pupils in younger year groups can make up a team, however, no more than two pupils from the older age group are allowed (i.e. no more than two pupils from Year 13 in England and Wales, or S6 in Scotland, or Year 14 in Northern Ireland).

Each team must be accompanied by an adult who must stay throughout the duration of the competition.

How the STMC Works

Download materials to use in school. Run the activities in the classroom for the enjoyment of all pupils, or use the materials to help select the team of four pupils to represent your school at a Regional Final event.

Regional Final Event

Held at various venues from November to early December.

Enter your team for the STMC Regional Final event. Your team of four pupils will then represent your school or college at a pre-arranged regional event.

Regional Finals run at over 55 centres across the United Kingdom, during the autumn term. Entry costs £37.

STMC National Final

The 2019 National Final will be held at the Royal Horticultural Halls, London, on Tuesday 5 February.

Overview of the Rounds

Group Round

There are ten questions which the teams have around 40 minutes to solve. Teams must decide their own strategy: work in pairs, as a group or individually.


Similar to a crossword but with numerical answers. Teams work in pairs. One pair has the across clues, and the other pair has the down clues. Pairs work independently to complete the grid using logic and deduction.

Shuttle (previously called Mini Relay)

Teams compete against the clock to correctly answer a series of four questions. Each team is divided into Pair A (given Questions 1 and 3) and Pair B (given Questions 2 and 4). Question 1 can be solved independently of the others, but the answer to each subsequent question is dependent on the previous answer, referred to as T in Questions 2, 3 and 4 (e.g. "T is the number that you will receive.").

Relay (National Final only)

Teams split off into pairs, taking it in turns to solve problems in these pairs. This round involves lots of movement as well as mathematics: a race against the clock with lots of lively activity.

Poster Competition (National Final only)

Teams are sent information in advance of the event about a topic for research and investigation. At the Final, teams make a poster incorporating materials that they have prepared while addressing related questions given out on the day. Topics in previous years have included ruled surfaces and spherical geometry.

Download full instructions and sample STMC materials
Previous winners of the STMC Poster Round


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