For the last few lessons of this academic year, our Year 8 students have been mathematically battling to take home Gold for their country in the annual Mathematical Olympics.
Their first task was to find the correct order of the flags in the Opening Ceremony parade, according to the following rules:
- Apart from the first country, each country must be adjacent (next to) a country from the same continent.
- Apart from the last country, each country must be adjacent to a country from a different continent.
- Two countries may not process next to each other if they have two or more colours the same as one another on their flags.
- Flags with three vertical stripes must not go next to one another.
- Two countries may not be next to each other if they begin with the same letter.
Next up were the field events, which were a series of tasks in rotation with opportunities to score valuable points for their country. The field events included some tangram puzzles, folding A4 paper to construct a regular pentagon, and identifying their prime numbers (have a go yourself at isthisprime.com/game – it’s harder than you might think!).
The tournament finale was a relay race in which students demonstrated some fantastic mathematical reasoning in between sprinting across the playground.
The 2019 Mathematical Olympics were a huge success and well done to all those who participated. Congratulations to Will and Stella who scored a fantastic score of 124 and took home the Gold award for Ghana.