Polygons and Tessellations were the themes for this year’s poster competition, leading to some interesting designs from our primary school competitors. We were delighted by the quality of design, research and mathematics on display; our 6th-form judges had a significant challenge in selecting the prize winners.
After much wrangling and careful analysis, the following posters emerged triumphant:
Maija Wilson, Anabel Salmon, Lowen Dymond and Amber Drysdale , Perranporth Community Primary School, Cornwall
Tobias Reid, Parkfield School, Taunton, Somerset
Oscar Simmons, Joseph Hassell, Uther Puckey and Lauren Foster-Wilton ,Trythall Community Primary School, Cornwall
The winning poster impressed with a combination of well-presented research and mathematical facts written the students’ own words. The judges were also pleased to see a hand-drawn Esher-style tessellation.
The second place poster scored highly for mathematical content and humour. Our judges enjoyed the comedy of the polygons and non-polygons complete with speech bubbles. They also appreciated the clear explanation as to why there are only three regular tessellations.
A feast for the eyes was provided by the third-placed team with a superb presentation of tessellations, including their own original Escher-style creations. Truly inspired! This coupled with a clear demonstration of the mathematics of semi-regular tessellations secured a high score.
Lucy Webber and Freya Waterfield from Chumleigh Primary School in Devon who narrowly missed out on a place in the top three. The judges loved your Polygon Pig and the demonstration of how Escher used polygons to create tessellating art.
Charlene Corpuz, Lucy Cockerham, Summer Close and Chloe Williams from Cameley Primary School in Somerset produced a very professional-looking poster that was clear and bright and shiny. The judges scored them highly for overall presentation and were also please so see that they had given an example of non-tessellating polygons as well as those that tessellate.
Well done to all the students that submitted a poster for consideration and thank you to the teachers that supported them students to take part. We hope they enjoyed exploring this creative area of mathematics, we certainly loved reviewing their work.