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Jacob Marx wins MES Math Bee

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Middlesex Elementary Math Bee winner Jacob Marx

On the evening of April 3, Middlesex Elementary School held its first Math Bee, a culminating activity for the school’s March Math Madness Month. Students participating in the Bee completed two rounds of competition to qualify for the event.

Third, fourth and fifth grade students completed a multiplication fact sheet in their homerooms with the highest-scoring students moving on to competition with a multiplication fact IPad app. The 30 students with the highest scores based on speed and accuracy from this IPad app qualified for the Math Bee.

The Math Bee consisted of rounds of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division problems with the final rounds focusing on word problems. All problems were completed by the students without the use of pencil and paper.

After several very competitive rounds, the final round consisted of eight students: Michael Barney, Wyatt Brown, Mary Casto, Jacob Marx, Sara Paige Murray, Kaelyn Sibley, Tanner St. Louis and Justin Tulip. The Math Bee winner was Jacob Marx.

The final question Jacob answered correctly was: Oceanside Bike Rental Shop charges $12 plus $9 an hour for renting a bike. Mike paid $66 to rent a bike. How many hours did he rent the bike? Jacob answered this question without paper and pencil.

“Middlesex Elementary School would like to congratulate all the students who competed in the qualifying rounds as well as the Math Bee competition,” said principal Amy Stamm. “We appreciate the support of parents, family, friends and teachers who attended the competition.

posted 04.09.2014

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