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Challenge Rules

The 2017/18 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 school, 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 published in March 2018 to submit your first round entry to Cambridgeshire Software House. A number of “just for fun” races 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 race. The software setup for the first round race will be made known to all registered schools during January 2018.

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 in May 2018 and the deadline for submission of entries will be published at a later date.

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 World Final that takes place in June 2018.  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 the Sponsors. (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

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

Junior Challenge:
This Challenge is open to students born before 31st August 2006. You can only enter one car in this category.

Senior Challenge:
This Challenge is open to students born before 1st September 2006 and after 31st August 2001. 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. Sponsorship will be sought to cover the World Final Prizes – see Partner information.

10. Software licences are available 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.

11. The purchase of a ‘Cars – Maths in Motion’ software licence, either as a Challenge Lead Centre or individual school, 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 the Organisers. There is no additional charge to enter competitive races.

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.