Competitions and Challenges


Science Week with Sheffield Hallam University is an annual celebration of science, engineering and much more.

The 2023 programme will run from 13th – 17th March.


Mathematics Poster Competition

Winning Poster - Science Week 2022

Mathematics is the study of patterns through shape and space and abstract thought through which mathematicians push at the boundaries of human knowledge. In school you will have learned some of the results and techniques that are the product of this mathematical development, but do you know where the maths you have learned came from? The story of the development of mathematical ideas goes back thousands of years and takes place around the globe. We invite you to journey into this history by doing your own research into the life and work of one of the contributors to the story of mathematics! 


Choose one of these six mathematicians and research their life and work, sharing your findings in a poster- you can work individually or in a small group with some friends. 

  1. Maria Agnesi (1718-1799): Italian mathematician especially known for a famous cubic curve. 

  2. Kathleen Antonelli (also known as Kay McNulty) (1921-2006), Irish-American, one of the first computer programmers. 

  3. Archimedes of Syracuse (287-212 BCE), Sicilian mathematician and inventor. 

  4. Hertha Ayrton (1854-1923), British engineer and mathematician. 

  5. Sophie Germain (1776-1831), French number theorist. 

  6. Omar Khayyam (1048-1131), Persian poet and mathematician. 


The winning submissions will be announced on our Twitter account @SHUOutreach and contacted directly by 01/04/2023.  

How can I get involved? 

Send us your poster by 17/03/2023 along with the following: 

  • A completed summary sheet about you and your submission. You’ll find this below. 

  • A completed consent form. You will find this below and will need to be signed by a parent or carer if you are under 16.  


Submissions should be sent to  

Submissions will be judged by a panel of Sheffield Hallam University Maths and Physics students and recent graduates, on the following criteria: 

  1. Creativity of presentation – How well have you used the space to creatively present your ideas? 

  2. Clarity of presentation – How did get your ideas across? 

  3. Research – What do you know about your chosen mathematician’s life and work? 


The winning submission will receive a £40 voucher and a range of #TeamHallam branded goodies!

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