Thursday, March 21, 2013

Math IS Cool!

I know I don't post a lot of personal/family things going on here, but I'd like to be better at that!! So here goes, at Tyler's school they have Math is Cool. It's something you try out for and the best scores are chosen to be on the team. 12 5th graders were chosen this year and Tyler was one of them. He was super excited! They practiced twice a week during lunch (instead of outside playing-that's commitment:)) and a few times after school. Last Friday, was the Math is Cool competition in Wenatchee. The kids went through all sorts of tests: an individual test, mental math (no scratch paper, just all in your head), a team test, a relay test (you plug in the previous teammates answer into the question and then pass it back to your teammate and so forth), and the college bowl which was the only part the parents could watch. The kids were in groups of 4 from your school and basically the quickest answer earns you a point. It was pretty fun to watch!! Quite a few times, the kids buzzed in with the right answer before I could even reach the answer...oops! Anywho, they awarded the top scorer from each school and Tyler earned that award. Then they also awarded the top 10 kids overall (there were about 135 kids in his division) and Tyler earned 7th place:) I was so excited for him and proud of his hard work. His school didn't place but I think they all had fun and enjoyed the overall experience. I wasn't sure if I was going to make it since it's about and 75 miles away and I had to get a babysitter but I'm so glad I did. What an accomplishment!