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YCIS Science and Mathematics Rush to Encourage Problem-Solving

June, 2013
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Every year, teachers at Yew Chung International School of Shanghai (YCIS) Century Park Campus organize a Science and Mathematics Rush to challenge students’ problem solving capabilities and to inspire their scientific minds.

To add competitive flair to this year’s event, a House (team) competition, in the form of the TV show ‘The Amazing Race – China Rush,’ was organized, with the winning team earning points for their House. Each House in each year level was issued a passport to record the number of tasks completed. Every task involved both mind and body, required good communication, and could not be done by only one person – with the added pressure of competition from the other groups. The intent of making such complex, interactive problems was to provide a complete learning platform, rather than just a series of questions on paper. When each task was completed, the team was given a stamp containing part of a secret code, and only when a team completed all of the tasks could they figure out the code. Even the code was a challenge, as it was created by teachers using a collection of Greek symbols and mathematical numbers. 

Two Year 9 students, Nina and Melanie, summarized the day’s learning by saying, “Using knowledge and team spirit, we were able to solve the mysterious code, which was π (3.1415026). It was such a great day and very fun for all students involved!”


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