All adds up with Maths Minds

It may be hard to comprehend that solving mathematical problems is fun and enjoyable. However, that was exactly what young mathematicians from Mudgee, Lue, Hargraves, Gulgong, Wellington and Dubbo love to do.

Twenty one teams of students from schools in the region, each team consisting of four members, participated in the second annual Mudgee Mathematical Minds (M3) challenge, organised by Mudgee Rotary.

The event took place on October 17 at St Matthew’s Catholic School, while mathematics teachers Kristine Blake and Catherine Dewar coordinated the event.

Rotarian Sof Lee said the students were challenged on a number of categories of problems, to test their analytical skills and ability to think outside the square.

“I am impressed with students from across the board, they demonstrated their analytical skills and ability to visualise problems from various angles,” Sof said.

“These skills are useful in day to day life – the Maths challenge provides this small step in their whole life, as life is the best university.

“Team work was an important aspect of the challenge as the students needed to communicate, exchange ideas and work as a group. 

“They also shared the humorous side of their personalities by giving answers that sent the room roaring with laughter,” he said.

The prize pool, from the major sponsors, was distributed to schools to help with their mathematics enhancement programs and purchase of resources.