On Saturday, May 4th, thirty East-West middle school students attended the 2013 AMS Pi5NY Math Tournament at The Fort Washington Armory in Manhattan. Students in the 6th, 7th and 8th grades competed against other students in the 5 boroughs of NYC.
East-West brought 6 teams: one 6th Grade Varsity, two 7th Grade Varsity, one 8th Grade Junior Varsity, and two 8th grade Varsity. Upon arrival, all students participated in an Olympic-style opening ceremony.
Then, each team competed with their knowledge of math skills and concepts against others in both their grade and division in a 45 minute competition.
There were a number of different problems with point values ranging from 100-500 points – meaning that, as well as answering as many questions as they could correctly, teams had to strategize how many hard or easy ones to attempt. Once the scores were calculated, there was an Awards Ceremony where the East-West 6th grade team won third place and each brought home a medal.
Ms. Warren shares her experience of the Pi5NY event:
This was my first time bringing a large group of students to a math competition. It was also my first time taking a field trip with students on a Saturday. At first, the students seemed nervous, but once the competition began they were all smiles. Every time a student got the correct answer, our East-West section went wild. I was so happy to spend the day with Ms. Lee, Ms. Markinson, Ms. Screen, and all of the students and their families. While the students competed, the teachers and parents sat in the crowd cheering them on. We took pictures, ate some food, and danced to the music in our seats. Although some of the math questions was described as “hard” and “impossible” all agreed that it was an especially fun day. I hope to be a part of this event next year!
Congratulations to all the students who participated, and thank you to all the teachers and parents who made this event possible.