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Maths Week England launches competition

Inaugural Katherine Johnson Prize open to all students

The Maths Week England Committee are delighted to announce a prize of £100 for the inaugural Katherine Johnson Prize, open to children up to aged 18.

This prize is to celebrate the life of mathematician Katherine Johnson, whose mathematical calculations allowed humans to set foot on the moon and return home safely. Because of her status at the time, Johnson was not afforded the recognition she deserved.

Students will know that her achievement was showcased in the hugely successful film "Hidden Figures" and will have seen the poster for this in our Maths corridor.

To commemorate her death earlier this year, we would like to invite you to submit a documentary video which commemorates either Katherine Johnson, or another mathematician, who for reasons of gender, race or other challenge did not perhaps get the recognition you feel they deserved.

Here are the rules:

  • Videos must be posted on Youtube by Monday 9th November 2020. Then simply fill in the form below and your contribution will automatically be entered into the contest. If you do not receive a confirmation email it means your form was NOT submitted correctly – please check your email address and resubmit.
  • Videos must be no longer than 5 minutes and must be in English. English subtitles will also be accepted in order to translate any footage that is in another language. They must be suitable for a family audience.

The Maths Week England Committee will judge the competition during Maths Week England (9-14 November 2020). Their decision is final.

Maths Week England reserves the right to make a copy of the videos and showcase the best ones on our website.

One prize of £100 will be awarded to the creators of the winning video. No alternative prizes are available.

To enter please click here.  Good luck!

Ms Robinson
Challenge Coordinator