Another 1st Place in International Maths for Southlands student


Following on from Miriam in Year 6's success in the International Maths Story competition, this time it was the turn of our older students to put their mathematical abilities to the test.

Competing against the best in Italy and Russia, our students needed to use mathematical equations with a mathematical software to create an original piece of art. In both stages of judging, Riccardo's incredible piece - a sunset sky - came in first place.

Riccardo's enthusiasm towards this competition is extremely inspiring and evident through his use of an advanced level of mathematics, which you can see evidenced in the detail and colour variation of his final piece. To see how he creatively manipulated different equations to draw a sunset, click here.

"Riccardo's piece was a high scoring one in all criteria. The aesthetic quality of his picture was remarkable, particularly in terms of the notable color choice as well as the layout of visual content. the fine detail that comprised this visual content allowed Riccardo to create a very intricate, creative and original piece. To add to this, his use of an advanced level of mathematics and mathematical functions was exceptional and their complexity allowed him to create a much more realistic picture. Therefore, not only did Riccardo successfully create a wonderful first-place picture but the perfection he achieved when drawing it also made the task look like it was a piece of cake for him! Well done Riccardo!" Mrs. Zreiqat

"I participated to this competition having an idea of an infinite scenery that would be completely generated randomly using maths. After some research, I transformed what I learnt to maths equations and formed the drawing that I wanted: a sunset behind mountains. Despite the will to add more details, I could not because the equations used were too complex for the computer to handle and adding more would have only resulted into catastrophic events but I am still happy with my results, despite the lack of clouds, foliage in and a more complex random number generator (the number generator responsible for defining the structure of the mountains, the one I used has a visible pattern meaning that it is not really random), but I will not get into too much detail!" Riccardo, Year 11