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WISS Hosts the North East Asian Mathematics Competition

April, 2016
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A total of 25 schools and 150 students from the Asian region traveled to the Western International School of Shanghai (WISS) to take part in the North East Asian Mathematics Competition (NEAMC 2016) during 3 – 5 March. NEAMC is an annual three-day event to share enthusiasm for mathematics and problem solving, organized by local volunteer teachers at each school on a rotational basis throughout the region. In 2016, the participating schools were from Myanmar, Hong Kong, South Korea, China, India, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Japan, each represented by two teams of three students under the age of 15 and their teachers.

wiss-neamc-math-conference-5The 2016 competition consisted of several parts including an Individual Round, Pass-back Round, Team Round, Energizer Round, workshops and more challenges. In Individual Rounds, students were required to solve challenging math problems entirely on their own, while in the Pass-back round student worked in teams, in which one student solved one part of a problem before passing on his/her answer to a teammate to solve part two, and so forth. A ‘think-outside-the-box’ round called the Tech Challenge was designed to let students build towers with limited resources and created perfectly aerodynamic paper airplanes.

In addition to desk-bound problem solving, the participants were also taken on a trip to Oriental Land for some Amazing Race-style mathematics challenges, called Math Trail, where they solved problems involving the movements of one of the Transformers, orbiting satellites, and worked with various other cool concepts.

During the three days, teaching staff were also offered professional development, joining workshops by two renowned mathematical educators, Larry Ottman and Michael Haese. Ottman is the recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, the Radio Shack National Teacher Award, and was chosen to participate in the first Toyota International Teacher Forum in the Galapagos Islands. Haese is the author of the widely-used mathematical textbooks, a passionate educationalist, and a promoter of girls’ education.

Where will next year’s NEAMC be? Check out the official website to learn more: www.neamc.asia


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