Math Team = Exponential Fun

At Skinner Middle School, one of the best ways for Skinner Scholars to enhance their math skills and critical thinking is to join the growing, competitive Math Team. The Math Team, comprised of 15 students from all skill levels and led by coaches Brad Smith and Sarah Poellot, gathers weekly to tackle challenging high school level math and a variety of thought-provoking team problems. These fun yet rigorous training sessions prepare the Mathletes for Mathletic tournaments during the year. Seventh grader Hugo Burciaga reported, “The practices and competition were challenging, but I had a lot of fun!”

The team just wrapped up a successful regular season of Mathletics competitions for the 2011-2012 school year. At the November competition held at TreVista, Skinner 8th grader Olivia Friedman brought home 1st place. The second competition, hosted by Skinner in January, brought more accolades to the Skinner Mathletes as they competed against TreVista, Centennial, and Kepner. Both the 6th grade and the 7th/8th grade teams finished 2nd place. Individual highlights included: Olivia Friedman defended her 1st place crown to secure an undefeated season, and Mia Leff received 3rd place in the 6th grade competition.

Now that the Mathletic regular season competitions are over for the year, the Mathletes will take on two challenging projects: the MathCounts District Competition, and building a robot. The MathCounts competition, February 11 at the University of Denver, will feature the top 4 Skinner Mathletes competing against top Mathletes from across Denver Public Schools. To end the year, all Skinner Mathletes will build the Skinner Math Team robot. The students will use robotics materials from Edventures to create a robot that will be programmed to complete a variety of tasks. Coach Smith noted that he hopes this activity will lay the groundwork for Skinner Mathletes to take part in robotics competitions and other engineering related projects.

One of last year’s Mathletes summed up the Skinner Math Team experience best by saying, “Joining math team was one of the best things I’ve done my whole middle school life. I gained friends, more knowledge and of course winning first place didn’t hurt either.” Go Math Team!

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