McLean Sixth, Benbrook Middle Win Problem Solving Competition
Teams from McLean Sixth Grade and Benbrook Middle School were crowned the overall winners in Divisions 1 and 2, respectively at Fort Worth ISD’s 11th annual Middle School Problem Solving Competition.
The contest, hosted May 18 at O.D. Wyatt High School, challenged students to find solutions to puzzles and word problems using math. Approximately 120 students competed in this year’s contest.
Teams competed for first, second and third place awards in individual math events and overall divisions. The competition consisted of two divisions – Division 1 (sixth grade) and Division 2 (seventh and eighth grade).
Competing teams earned points for how they performed in the following math games:
- Tangrams- The puzzle urges players to create a specific shape using seven flat pieces known as tans
- 24- Using four integers, players use addition, subtraction, multiplication or division to conclude the problem at the number 24
- Can’t Stop: The board game uses dice to reach the top of three columns
- Problem Solving: The objective is to answer a word problem using math
- Cross Math: Akin to a crossword puzzle, players utilize the digits 1-9 to solve mathematical problems
Click here to view results from the individual math events. Alternates competed in Dimension U, and online math game. Joseph Wilkerson of Benbrook Middle finished first in Dimension U, and Oscar James of McLean Middle and Christopher Olivias of Rosemont Middle took home second and third place awards, respectively.
Organizers say the Middle School Problem Solving Competition is designed to build student confidence and success using math concepts learned throughout the year in class and daily occurrences while also igniting a passion for learning.
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