Awards Season: Sumdog
Posted by Katie Oldfield
As the world of showbiz gears up for weeks of nominations, after parties and red carpets we are also celebrating success here at Maths Week Scotland. Winners from Sumdog and Maths wi nae Borders will be presented with certificates and prizes whilst taking part in exclusive behind the scenes events.
On Tuesday 7 January Sumdog HQ staff pulled out all the stops for a very special celebration. Awards season kicked off with presentations to the P6 class from Troon Primary school and Ed York from Dundee. Deputy First Minister John Swinney stopped by to present awards and take part in some of the days activities.
P6 at Troon Primary School topped the leaderboard of 6,400 Scottish classes after answering an impressive average of 937/1000 correct maths questions. Pupils even went a step further and raised the money for the coach travel by taking part in Virgin Money’s ‘Make £5 Grow’ enterprise programme.
“The annual Sumdog contest is a central feature of Maths Week Scotland and it is fantastic to meet the pupils that excelled this year and recognise their achievements. My congratulations to the winning class and their teacher for coming top of a highly competitive field.”
John Swinney, Deputy First Minister
We also celebrated Ed York who answered a whopping 1,000 questions correctly in the Maths Week Scotland 2019 contest. Ed is not a stranger to Sumdog success and this is the third time he has got 100% in a Sumdog competition.
As well as finding out about all the different roles involved in planning, creating and marketing a Sumdog game pupils also made suggestions for improvements and new features! Pupils also saw maths in action with the Sumdog programmers during an office tour and created their own algorithms with a coding challenge. The day rounded off with a takeaway pizza and goodybags for all!
“The Sumdog HQ trip was crazy good”
Huge thank you to all the Sumdog staff for putting together such a fantastic day for winners!
You can find out more about the Sumdog HQ visit and details of Sumdog competitions and games on their website. The Sumdog Competition will be back for 2020 - will it be your class winning next year? Details announced soon.
Women in Maths
To celebrate women in Maths Day (12 May) we interviewed six women with maths at the core of their role and will be releasing the videos throughout May.
Our next two videos are women who work with large numbers which affect all of our lives. Kate Forbes is the Cabinet Secretary for Finance for Scotland and Esther Roughsedge is a Statistician at National Records of Scotland.