MADERA COUNTY – Middle school students in the foothills will be putting their minds to the test at this year’s Math Tournament, kicking off Academic Pentathlon season.
Students will take three tests on Friday, Mar. 14, at the Madera Center: Individual Endurance, Circuit Training and Relay Race.
During the Circuit Training, teams will be given 20 questions and two-and-a-half minutes per question moving through a circuit.
For the Relay Race, each student will run to a designated test area and answer one question, then run back and tag the next team member. The Individual Endurance is an individual test comprised of 30 questions.
Teams also participated in a take-home problem last week. Seventh grade teams were given the task of rolling the dice to determine probability. Eighth grade teams decoded and graphed patterns.
More than 150 students from 30 teams from throughout Madera County will participate. Each school is allowed one seventh grade and one eighth grade team. This is the largest number of schools ever to participate in the Pentathlon.
“We are excited to host so many students this year at the Academic Pentathlon,” said Cyndy Dolph, Associate Superintendent, Madera County Office of Education. “It’s great to see such enthusiasm and teamwork among our middle school students.”
Teams will receive trophies for first, second and third place in each event in addition to the overall math tournament winning team.
Students will take all three tests before everyone breaks at lunch time for pizza, and teams will be awarded trophies after lunch.
The Math Tournament is part of the Academic Pentathlon, where students will participate in a series of five events. Events include the math tournament, essay competition, speech event, literature test and super quiz.
The essay test will be held in conjunction with the math tournament on Friday. Students will participate in speech, literature and the super quiz on Saturday, Mar. 22 at Ranchos Middle School. This year’s super quiz topic is “Islam and Medieval Africa”. The event will begin at 12 p.m.
When students have free time during the math tournament they will be encouraged to paint banners in support of their school, and wave those banners at the Academic Pentathlon super quiz and awards ceremony. The public is invited to attend.
Participating area schools include: Chawanakee Academy, Coarsegold Elementary, Mountain Home Charter, North Fork Middle, Oak Creek Intermediate, Rivergold Elementary, and Wasuma Elementary.
For more information contact the Madera County Office of Education, or the individual school.