Not all of the competitors like to work alone and teacher Claire West from Peter Symonds College saw the benefit of team work
As a teacher, I see the students form themselves into successful teams; with self-elected leaders who are responsible for organising their group after identifying their member’s individual strengths. In our college, the challenges are worked on entirely by the groups alone as they use our library to work past the usual college close time. I am so proud of them.
One of her team members said:
You can take it as far as you want. I loved it and read books about ciphers got addicted to solving the challenges. It builds up to the more complex challenges so every week you know you’ll get stretched just a little bit more. I went back multiple years to try and beat my score from the year before. It was great fun, solving the challenges as a team and actually applying the mathematical skills you learn in maths. I loved it and I’m sad I can’t do it again next year!