North Dakota State College of Science is partnering with St. John's School of Wahpeton, N.D. to host Math Olympics, a math competition for fourth, fifth and sixth graders, on Friday, May 6, beginning with a general assembly at 4:30 p.m.
Each Olympic team will have five students and will work through a series of individual tests based in addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and word problems. A final team test will combine all areas in a ‘mathematical smorgasbord.' Each test is designed to challenge the students with whole numbers, decimals and fractions, as difficulty increases with each grade level.
Plaques will be awarded to the top five individual winners in each grade level. The top three team winners in each grade level will be awarded a trophy or a plaque. The coach of each first place team will go home with a new iPad. A number of door prizes and ‘Minute to Win It' challenge prizes will be given away, including ten $50 ‘Math Bash' certificates provided by Bank of the West at St. John's. Each participant will receive a Math Olympics t-shirt, courtesy of Red River Valley and Western Railroad and NDSCS.
Math Olympics was started by rural elementary principals many years ago to promote math in the rural (Class B) schools around the region. This year's participating Class B North Dakota schools include: Central Cass, Enderlin, Fort Ransom, Hankinson, Lidgerwood, Lisbon, Milnor, North Sargent, Oakes, Richland, Sargent Central, St. John's, Wyndmere and Fairmount.