Kids crunch the numbers
Tuesday, 13th August, 2013
By Emily Roberts
Local high school students joined thousands of students Australia-wide to compete in the Australian Mathematics Competition.
Students from Years 3 to 12 competed on the same day, making it potentially one of the largest single events on the Australian education calendar.
Broken Hill High School mathematics teacher, Sue Trenaman said they had 20 students participate.
“We had students from Year 7 to 10 enter into the competition,” Ms Trenaman said.
“We encourage the students to enter. We want them to develop their problem-solving skills.”
The students sat a 75-minute secondary paper or 60-minute primary paper which contains quirky questions with an emphasis on fun and problem solving.
“It was more problem solving activities rather than a normal test,” Ms Trenaman said.
“It’s not just students in Australia but some in New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and other areas.”
Ms Trenaman said it was just one of the extra things the school offers.
“The majority of schools offer it, it is just something different,” she said.
She said there would be other competitions held throughout the year for students.
“Students receive detailed results and feedback, as well as a certificate,” Ms Trenaman said.
Year 7 student Liam McKee competed in the competition.
“It went pretty good, the first question was easy but then it got harder from there,” he said.
“My mathematics teacher encouraged me to enter into the competition. I’m in the top maths class.”
He hopes to enter into it next year.
“I think I will go in the other competitions and try my best. It’s good for practising and learning new things.”