Bayside Math Olympians ‘Go for Gold’
With all the excitement leading up to this year’s Week-Without Walls trips at Bayside, few people noticed the two vans that arrived early to Bayside on the Saturday morning prior, October 29th. These vans shuttled 12 middle school students to Hong Kong to compete in a regional Math Olympiads event at the Hong Kong Academy.
Advisors Carlos Fuentes and David Robins, who facilitate the Math Club on Monday afternoons, prepared three teams, or four students per grade level, to represent SIS among other area schools, including QSI, The International School of Nanshan-Shenzhen, and the Chinese International School of Hong Kong, to name just a few.
The event consisted of four stages. In Stage One, students answer one highly complex, multi-faceted word problem modeled after real-life scenarios. This typically invokes a variety of mathematical skills, such as algebraic reasoning, making tables and graphs, and applying properties of rational numbers. Stage Two involves a series of logic games and puzzles. Stage Three features a set of short problems that represent a variety of mathematical strands. Finally, in Stage Four, students get an opportunity to build or construct something based on geometric principles, or in the case this year, the most “stable shelter” using only newspaper and masking tape, as seen here.
The grade six team, comprised of InSeo Woo, Eric Kim, Caroline Peng and Cindy Shin took 2nd place among a crowded field. The seventh grade team, comprised of Jack Lee, Spencer Robinson, Yanqiu Wang and Thomas Kim, and the eight grade team, with Daniel Jang, DoYeon Lee, Seojin Oh and Narin Hong, each took third place in their grade levels.
“I think it’s really refreshing to see our students getting an opportunity to compete in friendly ways other than in sport,” said High School teacher, Victoria Robins. Be sure to wish these students a hearty congratulations for their achievement this year –and in years to come!
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