Sojo also creates space for discussion around sustainable fashion “What I needed was a really easy and hassle-free way for me to get my clothes altered and repaired – that’s when Sojo was born.” Sojo’s mission is to give clothes a second chance to keep them out of landfill for longer. Sojo made the 2020
Young people contend to be masters of maths!
In the last week of April, the Mayor’s Fund for London ran a week of exciting qualifying tournaments for our Count on Us Secondary Challenge. The Secondary Challenge is one of our flagship numeracy programmes, engaging Key Stage 3 pupils from all across London in a range of competitive maths activities, all with the aim to make maths fun, exciting and creative. The Secondary Challenge is run in partnership with the Jack Petchey Foundation.
During the week, 7 tournaments took place at 5 different host schools across the city, and over 65 schools from all over London attended. All schools were competing for an esteemed space at our Semi-Finals at City Hall in June.
Each tournament consisted of 4 equally challenging rounds: the Game of Hex, the Geometric Puzzling round, the fast-paced 24 Game®, and the elusive algebraic codebreaking round. The tournaments always began with a tense atmosphere as the pupils strategically and silently moved around their Hex Boards. However, a noisy buzz of excitement and enthusiasm soon developed as the children rushed to swap their puzzle cards, battled to score the highest points in the 24 Game® and hurried around the room searching for their next code-breaking clue. Who knew maths could be so fast-paced and lively?
So many high marks were scored and every team did their school proud by modelling excellent teamwork and perseverance skills. Well done to you all! The top 26 teams have qualified for the Semi-Finals, and will now be training hard again in order to make the 2018 Final in July, held in the Chamber where the London Assembly meetings run!
A big thank you to all our host schools – Bonus Pastor Catholic College (Lewisham), Langdon Academy (Newham), Mossbourne Community Academy (Hackney), Hammersmith Academy (Hammersmith & Fulham) and Winchmore School (Enfield) – to the teachers and amazing teams of staff who helped to organise everything, to all the participating schools, and particularly to the competing pupils for their hard work, resilience and creativity. Thank you also to the Jack Petchey Foundation for their ongoing support of the programme. We now cannot wait for the Semi-Finals to begin!
Cosi Care eczema relief – 2019 Creative Industries winner
Lauren Bell, 2019 Creative Industries Award winner, Cosi Care “When I entered the competition, I was a designer. Now I am an entrepreneur.” Lauren Bell, used her experiences with chronic eczema to create Cosi Care – a line of products to relieve the symptoms of eczema and other skin conditions. Designed with children in mind,
Fighting electronic waste – 2018 Tech finalist
Re-inventing the circuit board for the circular economy Tech Finalist at the 2018 awards, Jiva made it through to the finals with their key product Soluboard. Soluboard is designed to be a replacement for the plastic base of circuit boards used in all our electronics. The boards are made with natural fibres and a number