Numbers game: 27 schools take part in mathathon
Bermudian students’ maths skills will be put to the test this winter as 27 primary and middle schools are set to take part in the 2019-2020 Mathathon.
Over the course of five months, 348 students will compete in 29 scheduled mathathons while hundreds of other students watch in an effort to inspire them to enjoy mathematics.
Kevin Warner, founder of Planet Math, said: “Growing students’ confidence and changing the narrative that learning mathematics can be a fun and engaging experience is our vision at Planet Math.
“The mathathons will create the opportunity for students to showcase their maths aptitude in a fun and interactive setting.
“With attractive prizes from Welch’s to be rewarded to each participant, and the roll-out of our enthusiastic mascot, the Mathathon will place a positive light on the maths culture and support our commitment to making maths more meaningful.”
As part of the Mathathon series, each school will select 12 students to participate, creating two teams of six.
During an hourlong special assembly, questions will be asked to each contestant for points.
Participating children and those in the audience will learn and feel supported by professional maths tutors and the powerful mind of “Math Man” who will be supporting the host in creating a fun event. Planet Math and RG Kids organised the event series, with Welch’s Juice Company leading a list of sponsors including Aspen, Belco, One Communications, Renaissance Re and Validus Re.
Michael Grier, commercial director of Bermuda Press (Holdings) Ltd, parent company for RG Kids, said: “When Planet Math approached us with this idea, we saw a tangible opportunity to do good in Bermuda’s schools.
“Maths education has immense benefits. Students that embrace the subject have many doors opened to them.
“We are so pleased that six sponsors have come on board. Their backing makes it possible to apply resources to execute the mathathons. We’re very thankful for their support.”
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