During the Fall term last year, Rowntree Montessori Schools’ Academy held its inaugural RMS Math Bowl Competition! Since the beginning of this academic year, students were very excited to take part in this contest, which consisted of two written in-class tests and a final group quiz. Every member of the class could participate in both of the written test qualifying rounds, which led up to the final quiz. This final phase of the Math Bowl was comprised of the top ten students from each class.
On the final competition day, the emcee for the quiz read out each question, which was also displayed for both teams. The excited and enthusiastic students worked with their teams to solve the problems and find solutions before their opponents could do the same. Each team sat around a table, all huddled together with a bell to ring as soon as they were ready with their answers, the six and seven year olds especially were in a new and dynamic learning situation! It was a unique experience for them as they had never tackled a competition like this before. Some felt challenged, while others breezed through each question, and several can still be heard in the halls of the school saying such things as “I am really good in Math!” At the end, each team congratulated the other and left the Quiz Venue sportingly. “It’s all about having fun with Math and not thinking of it as a tedious and boring subject,” said the two Math Coordinators, adding “the Competition was not only refreshing for all students, but also taught them to persist through problems and come up with diverse ways to solve them.” Our next assembly was also a day full of excitement as certificates were handed out to all participants and trophies awarded to each winning class for them to showcase in their classroom until the end of this academic school year!
The Rowntree Management and “STEM” Vertical Team, who are always seeking opportunities to “Nurture Tomorrow’s Achievers”, arranged this competition in order to enlighten students as well as help them see mathematics as a coherent subject and not just as multiple sets of complicated and unrelated rules. This will later be followed by our RMS’ Math Day in March, where students will have the opportunity to participate in Math Activities with shopping, money and banking facilities!
Stay tuned for more information regarding RMS’ initiatives to make Math Fun for Everyone!