Maths Challenge 2017 involved an estimated 600 secondary school students from 30 secondary schools island-wide enjoying much fun and excitement in a variety of Mathematics-related activities in Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP).
Jointly organized by the School of Interdisciplinary Studies and the School of Engineering in NP, the annual Maths Challenge event activities are designed to let participants experience interesting and engaging aspects of Mathematics.
In the opening game segment, participants put their brains and brawn to the test by devising solutions to solve complex mathematical problems. Students raced along in role-play scenarios as new scientists hired by robotics companies to complete the series of game stations, with the objective to save the companies from an evil super computer, MIKI.
Student Sneha Ramakrishnan, from St. Margaret's Secondary, reflected candidly on her experience. She said "Maths Challenge arouses my interest in maths as I realise maths is fun when I apply the methods that suit my learning abilities."
Mathematics teacher from Yusof Ishak Secondary, Mr Lee Siak Kheng, said "Maths Challenge enables our students to solve problems in highly creative, competitive and fun scenarios."
In the quiz segment, participants put on their thinking caps to pit their mathematical prowess against one another in solving challenging mathematical questions online.
Student Bryan Chia from Kent Ridge Secondary elaborated that while the Mathematics puzzles were challenging, he was undaunted as "our brains worked harder to creatively solve the questions without calculators." Fellow schoolmate Yeong Wan Hong also from Kent Ridge Secondary discovered that beyond maths problem solving skills, team work was also essential in order to solve the ultimate game puzzle. He said "It was exciting and definitely a good break from our usual school lessons."
Student Milson Lim of Hong Kah Secondary said, "I enjoyed applying the mathematical concepts in fun and creative ways. Games in the dark room made the activities exciting".
Student Firza Fitrahyanti Bte Saleh from Fajar Secondary also found the games challenging and fun. She said "I didn't come expecting to use maths this way. I wish the experience can last longer."
Miss Alison Wu, a teacher from Fajar Secondary, summarised it succintly, " When students come out of the classrooms to participate in maths games, it enhances their creativity and sparks their curiosity in mathematical problem-solving."
Towards the end of the event, prizes and trophies were presented to the top 3 individuals and schools.