JERUDONG International School (JIS) recently held its annual ‘Mathematics Week’ which was open to all students. The universal language of Mathematics underpins all our daily lives and JIS recognises that developing a deep understanding of Mathematics is essential in our changing modern world.
The outstanding examination results produced by JIS students over the past years have been helped by the Mathematics Faculty’s hands on approach to problem solving and desire to bring real world examples into the classroom.
Throughout the Mathematics Week the students were involved in a number of problem-solving tasks which were designed to promote teamwork and test the logical thinking skills of the students.
During breaktime and lunchtime the students also had the opportunity to involve themselves in specific activities run by the Mathematics Faculty.
Highlights of the week included ‘The Great Pi Off’ where students were challenged to recite the constant Pi to as many decimal places as they were able to. A closely-fought competition between Dinesh Nadarajan, Sidharth Raj, Timothy Koh, Yen Yen Pek resulted in a remarkable new school record for Yen Yen of 206 decimal places followed by Timothy’s superb 131 decimal places.
The younger students in Prep School (Years 3-6) were not to be left out as a closely-fought ‘Sprint Maths’ competition saw Blue House defeated by Yellow House after a tie-breaker. The students all showed their competitive spirit and the pace was frantic. Mathematics as a spectator sport is not usual, but the students were cheering for their respective teams.
One of the more unusual activities was the Balloon Polyhedral Models task, which saw the students creating the platonic solid models from modelling balloons. There was some nervousness in the air as some of the balloons had a tendency to pop and scare the participants.
A popular and constant event in Mathematics Week, for over 10 years, has been the annual estimating of how many M&M’s there are in a jar. The lucky winner receives all the M&M’s and often discovers he/she suddenly has a lot of new ‘best friends’.
Finishing off the week the students were invited to watch the classic short Walt Disney film ‘Donald in Mathemagic land’.
While Mathematics Week may have ended at JIS, the mathematical buzz will certainly linger for many months to come.