Math Field Day engages junior high students with hands-on problems, competition


Author(s):Tim Brouk

More than 60 eighth graders from Tecumseh Middle School displayed teamwork and impressive math and statistics skills Nov. 11 at the annual Purdue Math Field Day.

Divided into gold and black teams, the students were then split into smaller groups to go around to eight different stations set up in the Purdue Armory. At each station, Purdue students revealed a problem or exercise the junior high students had to solve in 20 minutes before moving on to the next station. The students earned points for their teams by how well they performed at each station.

Organized by Science Outreach, the exercises tested the students’ knowledge in rates of change and graphing (“Match Me”), estimation and proportional reasoning (“Mouse Trap Car”), order of operations (“Make 24”), spatial visualization (“Tangrams”) and more.

After the dust settled, the black team came away victorious. However, all of the students won by getting to utilize and enhance their mathematics knowledge in hands-on and fun ways.

2014 Math Field Day

Members of the victorious black team confer during one of the eight mathematical, hands-on exercices at the 2014 Math Field Day.

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