“How many bicycles are there, if there are 180 wheels and just 50 cars and bicycles?” This was just a warm-up question for North Colonie’s 6th Grade Alternate Math students, as they participated in the annual “Math Experience Day” on December 4.
Latham Ridge hosted the program and welcomed returning guest emcee, Professor Jim Matthews, from Siena College. With short breaks for refueling, groups comprised of students from the six different elementary schools worked hard for more than three hours on 12 difficult problems. Anyone passing might have mistaken them for a team of young engineers tackling complex problems!
With the clock running, groups had to agree on an answer and turn it in on time before looking on the big screen to see their posted results. Mr. Matthews then dramatically explained the correct answer to each question and set up the next problem for the groups to work on.
In the end, Team 5 won the competition, made up Alexei Robin (Loudonville), Alex Page (Southgate), Grace Insernia, (Boght Hills), Henry Gao (Latham Ridge), and Jeremy Wernick (Forts Ferry). In addition, Grace Insernia won the fastest 6th grader multiplication facts challenge.
Click here for a photo gallery of the competition.