Cars: Maths in Motion.

1/2 Day CPD for HCAT

What is The Challenge?

It is a predominately maths based Challenge that uses basic mathematics (measuring angles, scale, multiplication, percentages, decimals, problem solving, functional maths etc.), mixed in with some science and engineering, within in a ‘real life’ situation.

Your Afternoon

Just like the pupils, you'll be working as a team to set up your car to compete in a virtual race at the end of the day.

In doing this you'll learn about the software and the half-day will prepare you to use it back in school, if you decide to purchase the software.

An alternative

Rather than this running as a teacher CPD, it could run as an inter-school competition from 10.00-2.30 with teams of 3 pupils and a teacher- who may take part as much as they feel necessary and confident to do.

What is covered?

  • Percentages
  • Multiplication, Division
  • Calculator work (or not!)
  • Decimals, rounding, context
  • Ratios, chance, risk, strategy
  • Angles, measurement, scale
  • Speed, distance, time
  • Maths modelling… what happens if?
  • Engine performance, aerodynamics, gears, suspension
  • Team strategy, working together
  • Interpreting graphs, statistics
  • Data handling
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills
  • Functional Maths Skills

Course Follow-Up

Following the course and subject to purchasing the software your school could:

  • enter the regional challenge with the aspiration of making the national finals. *
  • compete against other local schools. An exciting Academy/Cluster Challenge.
  • keep it in-house and have in-school challenges.

* £199 entry fee.

Target Audience

Members of staff who have responsibility for, or teach, More Able pupils. (Suggested age range Y5 and older).

Maths Co-ordinators

STEM co-ordinators

G&T/More Able Co-ordinators

Parent Volunteers

Teaching Assistants


Course Fee: £500 for the HCAT Group. Max 3 attendees per school. Places limited to 30 participants.

Date: TBA

Time: 1.00pm - 4.30pm as Teacher CPD, 10.00 am -2.30 pm as pupil session.

Venue: HCAT school to host

Participants to bring their own laptop. One per school/team.

Useful Links

Teacher Comments on the challenge.

Software pricing. Although discounts are available for group purchases.

Curriculum Links KS2.

Curriculum links KS3.