How to Learn Maths and Become a Countdown Champion

The Tom Rocks Maths Appeal team sit down with Countdown legends James ‘952’ Martin and the youngest ever winner Kai Laddiman to learn how they became Countdown champions and what YOU can do to get better at maths… *Filmed in November 2019.​

Watch James and Kai compete against one another in ‘Tom Rocks Maths Appeal Does Countdown’ here.

James Martin is a former ‘Octochamp’ and the person behind the infamous ‘952 – the most extraordinary numbers game ever played’.

Kai Laddiman is the youngest ever ‘Octochamp’ after winning 8 straight games at the age of 11. You can watch Kai talk about his experience on the show here.

The Maths Appeal team consists of secondary school teacher Susan Okereke and BBC television personality Bobby Seagull. The Maths Appeal podcast features discussions about key maths topics, maths puzzles and interviews with maths champions from the worlds of tech, entertainment, comedy and education. Available on all platforms here.

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