Math Challenge program is a free school-wide math enrichment program for elementary students consisting of series of challenging and interesting math problems provided to each school.
The program provides 15 sets of challenges throughout the school year; each set is published every other week starting on September 10 through May 21.
The math challenges cover problem solving strategies such as draw a picture or model, make an organized list, look for a pattern, working backward, and guess and check. Each challenge presents 10 to 18 problems ordered by level of difficulties which enables students from various grades to participate.
Why And How To Participate
The purpose of this program is to entice, engage and challenge students to solve interesting math problems while along the way, strengthen their math fundamentals, critical thinking, problem solving skills and improve confidence in math.
Students can also involve their families to help and engage in a fun discussion to solve math problems. All students K to grade 5 are invited to participate in the Math Challenge program. There will be 15 challenges throughout the year:
- The Bobcat Bulletin will announce when the next Math Challenge is available and due dates to return the challenge and to find solutions.
- Print the current challenge from the school page.
- Submit your solutions to your teacher by 3 PM on Thursday the following week to be entered into a prize drawing (one winner per grade will randomly be selected among the students who answered the required number of problems correctly).
- Look in The Bobcat Bulletin for the lucky winners! At the end of the year, all the students with 8 or more qualifying entries, will receive a prize!
Math Challenge Chairs
This program is brought to the students by Atoshi Sahoo and Sangeeta Mitra, a few details about Atoshi and Sangeeta:
Atoshi Sahoo: with a Masters in Computer Application, Mathematics has been her passion since her childhood. She has been with Microsoft for 8+ years and on a break now. As one of her child's previous teacher said, she strongly believes on: "No matter what career you choose, if you are good in Math, you will always get paid higher". Happy problem solving! :).
Sangeeta Mitra: mom of twin girls, Keya, and Kavya (now in 5th Grade), Sangeeta loves spending time with her family and being creative and curious. By profession, Sangeeta is a holistic wellness coach and helps her clients achieve their goal to be healthy both emotionally and physically. The reason she is passionate about volunteering for this program is because Math has taught her a lot about life. Here is some of the learnings that she would love to share: Math teaches us how to choose the best approach to a situation.
"We learn there is no one way to solve problems By planning ahead, finding patterns, and making connections with reasoning and by using the appropriate tool, we will find solutions. If the problem is too challenging, start smaller. The little things make all the difference. A forgotten negative sign or a small miscalculation can lead to the completely wrong answer. In life, pay attention to the details. Lastly, Math teaches us to be independent in our thinking and our actions. We should focus on the things that need to be done first before jumping on the next because when we do we make mistakes."