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And They’re Off! KES Mathletes Write the First Round of Year-Long Contests

The University of Waterloo’s Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing has been a network of enrichment and support for generations of Mathematics and Computer Science students at King’s-Edgehill School.  The CEMC programmes and resources inspire students and teachers around the world, and we recognize the standard of excellence and the meaningful challenge that the CEMC contests provide.  Over the course of the year, students from Grade 6 to Grade 12 will take part in these competitions.

On Wednesday, November 18th, 58 students from Grades 9 to 12 wrote the 2-hour Canadian Intermediate Math Contest and the Canadian Senior Math Competition.  You could hear a pin drop in our Stanfield Dining Hall as the mathematical minds went to work.  The Canadian Intermediate Math Contest is written by students in Grades 9 and 10, while the Canadian Senior Math Contest is written by students in Grades 11 and 12.  These competitions are written worldwide.   Everyone who writes these contests benefits from the problem-solving enrichment opportunity.  Students are marked not just on their correct answer, but also on their ability to craft a clear, logical solution. 

In preparation for this contest, a “Pizza and Problems” afternoon was organized in Mrs. Shields’ room on Tuesday for the Grade 9 students writing, while Senior School mathletes could be found in Mr. MacLean’s classroom honing their math skills in the biweekly Math League Club (Room A301).  Another way for students to prepare for the variety of CEMC contests is to sign up for the “Problem of the Week”, also put out by the University of Waterloo.  Please click here to see the weekly problems and solutions.  There are questions at four different difficulty levels.  Printed copies of these problems are available outside Mr. Kershaw’s and Mrs. Dufour’s classrooms.

Last week and this week, Junior School mathletes also took part in The Beaver Computing Challenge (BCC), a logic-based contest which introduces computer science to students. Our students in Grades 6 to 9 completed the contest in their Computer classes.

We look forward to hearing the results of these contests from the University of Waterloo early in the new year.  Until then, we will continue to enjoy lots of mathematical challenges in the classroom and beyond.

Taya Shields
Junior School Director

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