Challenge Rules

Staying within the Rules!

The 2018/19 Challenge will be run using the Cloud based version of the computer program Cars Maths in Motion, first published by Cambridgeshire Software House in May 2013 and under continuous development. 

1. Software licences must be purchased direct from Cambridgeshire Software House or one of its approved representatives. Software licences are per school NOT per educational establishment i.e. where an Academy manages, say, five schools, each school will need its own software licence in order to participate in the Challenge. Composite licences are available where a school has both Junior Challenge and Senior Challenge aged students.

2. Your school will have until a date to be announced in March 2019 to submit your first round entry to Cambridgeshire Software House. A number of just for fun events will be held over the course of the Challenge year. Also, the intervening period should be used to familiarise students with the software and the mathematics skills required to use it competitively by way of internal races. The software setup for the first round race will be made known to all registered schools in good time.

3. Shortly after the first round deadline, races will be run by Cambridgeshire Software House to determine the schools that will qualify to take part in the semi final. The semi final races will be run on a date to be announced in May 2019 and the deadline for submission of entries will be announced in good time.

4. Cambridgeshire Software House will run a number of semi final races (based on the number of schools that qualified), in the presence of an independent adjudicator, in order to determine the best cars submitted in each age category and these races will be available to the race participants to watch.

5. The pupils (see 7 below) responsible for setting up the best cars will be invited to participate in the online World Final that will take place on a date to be announced in June 2019. They will work on a race set up of which they will have no previous knowledge. The number of teams invited to participate will be entirely at the discretion of Cambridgeshire Software House. (PLEASE NOTE: Whilst there are no restrictions on the use of calculators during the preliminary stages of the competition, they will not be allowed during the World Final.)

6. All schools taking part must be aware that should they qualify to take part in the World Final, any associated costs incurred will be their sole responsibility. Schools participating in the World Final will need to provide a webcam and have access to email and a printer on the day.

7. There will be two age ranges within the Challenge:

Junior Challenge:
This Challenge is open to students born before 31st August 2007. You can only enter one car in this category.

Senior Challenge:
This Challenge is open to students born before 1st September 2007 and after 31st August 2002. You can only enter one car in this category.

8. Schools must make up their teams as follows:
Junior Challenge: 4 pupils
Senior Challenge: 2 pupils.

9. Software licences are for In school + Unlimited Home access. No refunds will be made for unexpired portions of any licence after 7 days from the date on which our invoice was settled.

10. The purchase of a Cars in Maths in Motion software licence entitles you to enter the Challenge only for the Challenge year during which the licence is valid. Any school submitting an entry must have registered its own copy of the software with Cambridgeshire Software House. There is no additional charge to enter competitive races.

11. Prizes are awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for Primary & Secondary. There will be a prize for each of these categories for the school and also for the individuals who make up the teams. The Challenge organisers reserve the right to change any prize advertised or withdraw it completely if deemed absolutely necessary.

12. Further information will be published on these web pages from time to time. In the event of any disputes arising, or changes to the Rules, the decision of Cambridgeshire Software House shall be final.

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