## ‘In it to win it’… Don’t miss the chance to win Olympic tickets!

The ** Out of the Blocks** Maths and Science Series for London 2012 is proving very popular in schools. So if you’re still looking for a STEM Club activity with the prospect of you and your team winning Olympic event tickets, there are still 2 weeks left to enter a team in the Maths and Science Challenge 2012 –

**closing date for entering a team is 15 May 2012!**

The Challenge is for teams of 4 to 6 students to plan a major sporting event in your local area, using their maths and/or science skills to create a great presentation for STEM Challenge local-area judging between 21 and 30 May.

**So effectively you have until almost the end of May to come up with a winning project! **

## Don’t miss the 2012 launch competition deadline!

The ** Out of the Blocks** Maths and Science Series for London 2012 has hit the ground running. And there are still 12 days left to submit your class’s entry in the Launch Competition –

**closing date 12 February 2012!**

And Don’t forget to remind your Science colleagues too! Get your students interested now and start to build a team ready to enter the Maths and Science Challenge 2012 – STEM Challenge 10!

## 2011 GCSE Sciences will require more challenging Maths

Ofqual has released new subject criteria for GCSE science subjects that increase the mathematical demand required.

It says that exam boards producing new specifications for GCSE Science will need “to ensure that new specifications attend to the views expressed by the science community about boosting the mathematical demands in new GCSE examinations in science subjects. To this end, QCDA has worked with members of the science education community to set out the mathematical knowledge, understanding and skills that candidates should be able to use in GCSE science subject courses…. the regulators will therefore need to be satisfied that awarding organisations are requiring candidates to demonstrate a greater degree of mathematical knowledge, understanding and skills than is typically used in current GCSE sciences examinations..”

Check out the announcement in full here, and download the criteria here.

View the current AQA Science specification here, You can view the Mathematical requirements from page 19 onwards, and see that the new requirements (Foundation and higher tier listed below) are indeed more extensive.

**Foundation and higher tier maths skills for 2011 GCSE Sciences**

Candidates should be able to:

- appreciate number, size and scale and the relationship between units
- make estimates of the results of simple calculations
- evaluate expressions incorporating the four operations, +, -, x, , either singly or in conjunction with one another, quoting the answer to an appropriate number of significant figures
- evaluate expressions involving decimals, positive whole number powers, fractions and percentages using an appropriate number of significant figures
- understand and use simple direct proportion and simple ratios
- find arithmetic means
- understand and use common measures and simple compound measures such as speed
- plot and draw graphs (line graphs, bar charts, pie charts, scatter graphs) from suitable data, selecting appropriate scales for the axes
- understand that a measurement given to a whole number may be inaccurate by up to one half in either direction
- change the subject of an equation
- substitute numerical values into simple formulae and simple equations using appropriate units for physical quantities
- translate information between graphical and numeric form
- extract information from charts, graphs and tables – for example determine the slope and intercept of a straight line graph
- simple correlations
- understand and use estimates of probability
- work out areas, perimeters and volumes of simple shapes
- measure and use angles

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