Math Mission Impossible

Math spies at Math Mission Impossible.
Math spies finding their next clue. Click for more photos from Math Mission Impossible.

How do you make math fun? The Junior School found a way to make math an exciting battle of wits – through a series of puzzles, games and ‘top secret’ missions during “Math Mission Impossible”.

Participants were assigned the role of either “spy” or “detective”. Dressed in costume, the students used their mental math and problem solving skills at each station. Some of the stations had ‘top secret’ envelopes with clues to a scavenger hunt or puzzle. Other stations involved climbing through a ‘laser beam’ (red yarn) to fetch a puzzle piece, or throwing bean bags into hula hoops and mentally calculating their score. One of the more popular stations was “Battle Ship”. Using coordinates and reasoning, the girls had to ‘sink’ the opposing team ships. They loved using the class phone to call next door and guess the coordinates.

Math Mission Impossible
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With spy music playing in the halls, a few teachers also got in on the act. Acting as enemy spies they tried to capture the girls in hula hoops. The way to get free was to answer a mental math question.

The afternoon finished up with the whole school trying to solve a very serious problem in theatre. Apparently one of the teachers had stolen the cookies that had been ordered as their treat. All the teachers came on stage and were put through a series of eye witness statement and logic clues. After they figured out who the culprit was, all 300 students enjoyed a cookie before heading home for the day.

What a fabulous afternoon. It was a great joy to see all the students excited and engaged in mental math and problem solving. Make math a fun and interactive subject? Mission accomplished.

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Math spies at Math Mission Impossible.

Grade 4 Earns Top Scores in Provincial Math Contest

Cathy C. - Gr. 4 Math Contest Winner
Cathy. Gr. 4, with her Byron-Germain math contest medal.

Our Grade 4 students recently participated in a Provincial Math Contest organized by Mathematica Centrum. Cathy C. got the top sore in Grade 4 in all of BC and the whole grade won the Provincial School Award!

Each year students in Grade 4 can choose to take part in the Byron-Germain contest. The contest is a test that covers “above grade” concepts, so the difficulty level is quite high.

Other grades can also participate in the following contests: the Thales (Grade 3), Fibonacci (Grade 5), Pythagoras (Grade 6), Euler (Grade 7), Lagrange (Grade 8), and Newton (Grade 9).

Congratulations to Cathy and the entire Grade 4 class!