ASMS hosted the first ASMS Math Festival on Saturday, March 30, 2019. The festival included the first annual Mobile Math Olympiad for middle school students and a Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival, which inspires students to explore the richness and beauty of mathematics through activities that encourage collaborative, creative problem-solving.
“Our first ASMS Math Festival and the first ever Mobile Math Olympiad for Middle School was a huge success,” ASMS mathematics instructor and festival coordinator Sarah Brewer says. “We are very thankful for our partnership with the University of South Alabama (USA) and Mobile Math Circle, as well as all of the volunteers from both ASMS and USA.”
ASMS and USA provided student volunteers, who assisted with the JR Mathematics Festival and the Olympiad.
“The math festival was incredible,” ASMS senior Ashanti Tate says. “It was so inspiring to see young people wake up early in the morning to engage in and enjoy my favorite subject. I enjoyed helping children solve math puzzles and to get them to think intuitively. I definitely look forward to returning to the festival next year.”
The ASMS Math Festival is geared towards middle school students, to inspire them to become more interested in mathematical activies.
“The Math Festival was a great opportunity for outreach to younger students,” ASMS senior Gwynneth McCallister says. “We were able to get them interested in some cool math-based problems and games, and I think they enjoyed it as much as we did.”
Next year’s ASMS Math Festival will be held on March 21, 2020.
Congratulations to the winners of the Olympiad:
1st Place (tie) 6th grade: Linnea Cox, J.F. Drake Middle School
1st Place (tie) 6th grade: Yunseo Ha, Holly Hill Elementary School
1st Place 7th grade & Top (Perfect) Score Overall: Jade Agler, St. Patrick Catholic High School
2nd Place 7th grade: Aryan
1st Place (tie) 8th grade: Vickie Kim, Berry Middle School
1st Place (tie) 8th grade: Andrew Wang, Spanish Fort Middle School
2nd Place 8th grade: Taj Patel, Straughn Middle School