"MATHLETES" COMPETE IN TRINITY TRIATHLON
you know how many sides a dodecahedron has? The grade-schoolers who came
to Trinity's campus Thursday could not only answer without hesitation,
but pronounce that word accurately: do' dek a HEE druhn.
The best and brightest 200
math students from 18 grade schools in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and
Wisconsin took part in the College's 10th annual math triathlon April 24.The
students, all of whom were in grades six through eight, competed in individual,
team, and relay events throughout the afternoon.
"We had an incredible number
of great kids, and they all had a lot of fun," said math professor Sharon
Robbert. "They were lively and enthusiastic, and that is what makes the
schools were allowed to send a maximum of 16 students each. Individual
contests required the students to solve 20 problems in 30 minutes. Group
competition matched teams of three or four people collaborating on five
problems in 30 minutes. In the relay module, participants solved as many
problems as they could within five minutes.
The scores for each student
were tallied and added up for each school. Timothy Christian School in
Elmhurst, Illinois, won first place for the fourth time while Holland Christian
School and Sheboygan Christian School finished in second and third place,
is a fantastic event for these kids, and they really look forward to coming
here," said George Bosman, who teaches math at Timothy. "Schools do so
much to recognize students for their outstanding athletic achievements,
but this is a good avenue to recognize their academic accomplishments.
It's good reinforcement for them."
By the way, dodecahedrons
have 12 sides.
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