February 26th, 2008

powerpuff utonium

more math contest nerdiness

I did the Math League contest today at the elementary school. We had a great turnout, with 100 kids from 4th through 6th grade taking the contest. Luckily, I had a couple suckers volunteers to help me out with the contest and the principal came by and helped do "kid crowd control" at the start.

Since I had victims volunteers, I only had to score 58 (multiple-choice) tests on my own. This was much better than a few years ago when I ran the contest by myself for 2 elementary schools and scored about 200 contests in one day. I was brain-dead by the end of that day as opposed to today when I was just worn out (especially after running the Math Contest club at the middle school).

The kids did alright, not quite the high scores of years ago, but I believe the test has gotten harder over the last few years much like MathCounts has. We'll see how they do in the region when the results come out in April/May.

Math League is a good contest for a school that wants give math contests a try, as it is a one-time "give it, score it, send in scores, and you're done" contest with no extra prep required. It also has a wide range of question difficulty in one test, so all kids can usually get some right, but it also does challenge the top students.
yeff yahoo avatar

five random links of randomness

Boy, I'm tired. I think the last week of go-go-go (birthday, math contests, work, etc) is catching up to me. I feel like just reading a book and going to sleep, but I have a meeting with the India folks at 10:30 pm. So I'm surfing to stay awake and thus I find these links for all to enjoy.

- Cheeseburger in a Can. Salon AV Club tries it out, so you don't have to.

- Parent Hacks (from zenhabits). Oriented towards younger kids, but still looks very useful.

- Top 3 Indie Games to Watch Out For (from WIRED). I didn't spend much time at the Indie Games section of Game Developers Conference, but I know that Crayon Physics is way cool.

- MIT Technology Review Top 10 Emerging Technologies for 2008. Mmmmm, heavy nerd edge stuff...

- TED Conference 2008. One day, I swear I will attend this, one day.

BONUS: "Star Wars", according to a three-year-old. She just nails it and I'd rather hear her explain "The Phantom Menace" than actually have to watch the movie.