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Bright young minds put heads together in mathematics challenge

Date: November 2, 2017    Posted by: Megan Meineke

Hundreds of the region’s brightest young minds converged on the Lake Kawana Community Centre last Tuesday and Wednesday, October 24-25 October  to put their minds to the test for the annual Sunshine Coast Mathematics Tournament.

The tournament is one of the highlights of the year in Mathematics for schools on the Sunshine Coast challenging students in areas of mental arithmetic, team problem solving and a relay problem solving.

The competition consisted of both individual and team events, where the Year 6 and Year 7 students competed on day one and Year 8 to Year 12 students competed on day two.

Sunshine Coast Grammar was well represented across each category finishing with two second places, two third places and taking out the Year 10 division.

Regional tournament coordinator and Head of Mathematics at Sunshine Coast Grammar School, Gerry Lynch, said that the tournament gives students the opportunity to participate in a stimulating and competitive environment while testing their maths skills against other students in the region.

“This is a regional initiative and it is imperative that we give our high achieving maths students the opportunity to work with like-minded peers in a fun, competitive and thought-provoking environment.”

“I believe that it is important that we promote the study of maths in our schools. The fields of Mathematics, Technology and Engineering are widely considered to be essential underpinnings for the continued development of society,” said Mr Lynch.

“There is a high demand for graduates in the disciplines of Mathematics and Science and the existence of a tournament such as this is vitally important to continue to foster this development within our community.”

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