Quebec youth scored well above the Canadian average in math skills
Around December, most kids start looking forward to the holidays and although Grade 6 St. Paul Elementary student Anna Vaccaro is no exception, she’s also really looking forward to the Lester B. Pearson School Board’s annual Math Olympics event.
“For the first-time ever, St. Paul is participating in the Math Olympics and I’m very excited,” she said. “My team and I have been practicing our math skills for a few weeks now.”
And Anna’s not alone.
About 280 Grade 6 students from more than 20 schools have registered to participate in the LBPSB Math Olympics taking place on Dec. 4 at Lakeside Academy in Lachine and on Dec. 5 at Riverdale High School in Pierrefonds.
“This event … provides students with an opportunity to work in teams while engaging in fun and challenging math activities outside the classroom,” said Chantal Brunet, Elementary Mathematics Consultant at the LBPSB.
Students will also take part in an iMath Mission, using a new platform of technology such as the iPad or iPod.
“Changes have been made over the years to reflect the reality of the Ministry of Education’s program involving higher-level thinking math problems, the classroom environment and to encourage team spirit,” she said.
For Anna, the Math Olympics offers her a venue where she can excel.
“It’s so amazing that I can participate in this Olympic event and not stress over the fact that I can’t run the fastest or jump the highest,” she said. “For once, I can focus on a subject that I’m really good at – math.”