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Gold for SCIS at ACAMIS Mathquest and Rubik’s Cube Challenge

May, 2017
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scis-acamis-qingdao-1This year Shanghai Community International School (SCIS) represented strongly once again at their fourth annual ACAMIS Mathquest and Rubik’s Cube Challenge. For the first time, Grade Five students joined the tournament, and they performed extraordinarily well.

Hosted by the Qingdao No. 1 International School of Shandong Province, this ACAMIS tournament is the only event geared towards students in Fourth to Sixth Grade. Fifth Grade teachers Melissa Kirwin, Warren Roma, Danielle Cote, and Robert La Londe, SCIS HQ MYP Mathematics, as well as SCIS veteran parent chaperone, Gayle Thams, accompanied the students.

While it was a short trip, a great deal of enjoyment was had by all. They left Shanghai with one team of sixth graders and three teams of fifth graders and brought back several trophies. Once again, a SCIS Sixth Grader, Woo-Jin Han, placed first overall, keeping the streak at four annual overall wins. The Fifth Graders stunned with their mental math capabilities and extraordinary Rubik’s Cube skills. Fifth Graders Ben Fox, Arnav Agarwal, and Hwaeun Lee took first, second, and third place, respectively, in the mental math competition. Also, Fifth Grader Jake Byun worked his way through an impressive field of Rubik’s Cube solvers to win a heart pounding final round and take first place.

This ACAMIS event has always been a great avenue for SCIS youngest middle school students, and now the graduating Lower School students, to hone their math skills in a fun-filled, competitive environment. All the students prepared throughout the year by attending afterschool math enrichment programs. These programs provide Lower and Upper School students the opportunity to develop their mathematical skills; focusing on aspects of math not explicitly taught during the school day. Students increase their knowledge, but more importantly, they are able to do so in a nurturing environment that stresses deep thinking and collaboration. 


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