Maths Student Placed Third In World Competition As Academy Qualifies For Jaguar Final

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(Front) Tollbar Academy Year 7 student Josh Franklin (12), who was placed third in the world in the semi-final of the Jaguar Maths In Motion global competition, and is now through to the final next month. He has chosen to have a team mate for the final in Year 10 student Josiah Gabbitas (15). Also pictured is Tollbar Academy Principal, Stephen Moon.

A Year 7 student at Tollbar Academy has been ranked third in the world in a global Maths competition and is now through to the final.

The Jaguar Maths in Motion Competition uses software that simulates the setting up of a Formula 1 racing car and students encounter a variety of mathematical problem-solving activities to prepare their car for a race with others. Thousands of schools take part in the Jaguar competition every year and it has now become an international event, with this year's final taking place online. The challenges develop an understanding of STEM subjects and promote engineering careers through hands-on experience, as well as communication and teamwork.

Tollbar Academy student Josh Franklin (12) first took part in Jaguar Cars on the Academy's Year 6 Open Evening last year. Despite having never seen it before, he managed to achieve one of the fastest laps for the track. After taking part in the Tollbar Academy after-school club he participated in the Maths In Motion Day. This was a worldwide competition to see who could record the fastest lap. Josh came 26th in the world and won a certificate.

The first knockout round for the main competition took place in March, at Gilles Villeneuve. Josh produced an incredibly fast car to take the academy through to the semi-final, which was a truly international affair, with schools from all around the world competing on the Circuit des Platanes track.

In the semi-final he qualified in third place, taking the academy through to the World Final, and completing the course almost two minutes inside the qualifying time.

Among the 14 qualifiers for the world final are schools from Australia, Dubai, Belgium and China. Security will be tight and Josh is allowed to choose a team mate to assist him. He has chosen Year 10 student Josiah Gabbitas (15), and the pair will be monitored under strict conditions to make sure they receive absolutely no outside help. The final will take place on June 20.

Josh said: "I am really happy and surprised to do so well. Maths is my best subject. We are really looking forward to the final."

Stephen Moon, Tollbar Academy Principal, said: "Josh is an outstanding young student who is a credit to the academy, his family and himself. His performance in this competition in just Year 7 is remarkable, and we wish Josh and Josiah the very best of luck for the final."

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BA (Hons).

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