Visualising the Climate Crisis: A competition for Year 5 to Year 13

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Maths Week England

This competition was designed as part of the AMSP's support for Maths Week England, which will take place 11-16 November. 2019 The aim of the week is to raise the profile of maths in England and encourage participation in the wonderful world of maths.

The AMSP has created resources which raise awareness of the impact of fast fashion on the climate. We are inviting students to turn their calculations into a data visualisation for our competition. The competition finalists will be judged by Mona Chalabi, data editor at The Guardian US.

The resources

There are four different versions of the resource. Each comes with a presentation, teacher notes and a worksheet.


Aimed at Year 5-8

Accessible to all levels.



Aimed at GCSE Resit, Functional Skills and Foundation GCSE

Accessible to all levels.



Aimed at Years 8-11

Involves estimating,volumes and more unit conversions.



Aimed at Years 9–13

Similar to C but with less structure.


Once you have tried the resource with your class, students will then have the opportunity to create their own visualisation based on their calculations.

Getting started

Here is some guidance for students to support them in creating their own data visulations.

For inspiration, you can explore Mona’s work.

Find out how University of Oxford tutor, Tom Crawford, works out the environmental impact of the UK’s compulsion to buy an annual Christmas Jumper and what you might do instead. Compare your method with Tom’s.


The winning entry will have a feature on The Royal Statistical Society’s blog, our website and we will visit your school to interview the student for a special feature in our Newsletter. The student will be presented with a certificate and a £25 voucher.

Competition details

  • Entries are open to all schools/colleges in the UK.
  • The judging panel will consist of staff from the AMSP, Clarissa Grandi of Artful Maths and Mona Chalabi.
  • By submitting an entry to the competition students are giving permission for the art to be published on the AMSP website and RSS blog.
  • MEI will contact schools/colleges prior to publishing art online to ask how the student should be credited. No student or school/college names will appear online without permission. Our full privacy notice can be viewed here.

How to enter

  1. The school Twitter account must tweet a picture of the student’s visualisation and working out, tagging @Advanced_Maths and #VisualisingTheClimateCrisis.


  2. Email their entry from a school/college email address to [email protected] with the subject line ‘Visualising the Climate Crisis’.

Closing date for submissions is 4pm on Friday 22nd November.

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