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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Math Olympics

Submitted by Marcel Stieber

Last week, as the AvTech students finished their math quiz at the end of the day, they also got to share a very special moment with some students in California. 5th and 6th graders from Mr. Regan's class at Branch Elementary School had just finished participating in their very first National Skype Math Bowl, competing against schools from all across the USA. Our AvTech students got to join them in celebrating the event with a quick video Skype session live from Kpong Airfield. Branch Elementary School teamed up with Cal Poly University to use their computer lab in San Luis Obispo, California for the competition.

To test their skills, the AvTech students then posed a questions for the Math Bowl Participants: How many miles is it from San Luis Obispo to Kpong Airfield in Ghana? The answer was given as a product of 3 prime numbers: 89 x 43 x 2 = ??? that they had to calculate. For a short 30 seconds, the students in California scribbled on their note sheets and proudly raised they hands up with the answer: 7654 miles! Amazing! Several AvTech girls were there to greet the students and got to share in the excitement. It's really neat how we can use technology to enhance learning for our students on both sides of the globe. I'm sure that everyone that participated will be remembering this event for some time to come.

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