Three OIS teams of four students each participated in the High School Mathematical Contest in Modeling (HiMCM) in November 2020 organised by Middlesex, USA and supported by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). It offered students the opportunity to compete in a team setting using mathematics to present solutions to real-world modeling problems. A total of 779 teams, with up to 4 students each, from 302 schools and 20 countries/regions, competed. All teams worked at their own schools within the contest window of November 4-17, 2020. Each high school team chose from two modeling problems offered, and then constructed their solutions.
It is with great pride and pleasure I share that two teams were declared as 'Finalists' and the third received an Honourable mention. What better evidence can we have than to see how empowered our students are when they apply what they have learnt in the classrooms to real life situations.
Here are some thoughts shared by our students on their experience.
Unlike conventional math competition, this wasn't about simply getting the right answer. Instead, we were motivated to explore and try out different approaches which we found extremely interesting and valuable. We faced many obstacles that challenged our problem-solving skills too. Through the competition, we didn't only develop our mathematical skills but improved upon our communication and collaboration skills too- Kanishk Kundu
We thoroughly enjoyed the competition as the ‘problem’ made us consider a lot of factors. This was a very fun experience as it increased our bonds as friends and as team members. This was a great real-world challenge to test our modeling skills. - Ryan Punamiya
Participating in this modelling competition was a lot of fun. The task itself was quite interesting and we enjoyed coming up with different methods and ways to model the actual problem. We learned a lot about how modelling is more than just the math but also the writing. Being able to communicate ideas and applications is almost of equal importance. But what might've been the greatest part of the experience was how we bonded over this project, from late nights to bad jokes, it's something we'd love to do again.- Vedant Thakur
Another feather in the Maths hat
On 19 November 2020, 23 OIS students from OGC and JVLR campus competed in the University of Waterloo's Canadian Senior and Intermediate Mathematics Contests (CSMC and CIMC), two contests designed to give students the opportunity to have fun and to develop their mathematical problem solving ability. The contest took two hours, included nine questions, and was scored out of 60 points. Results were published in January. Congratulations to the following students who earned certificates:
Anandini Mitra - Canadian Intermediate Mathematics Contest
Aarya Saranathan - Canadian Intermediate Mathematics Contest
Aniket Shandilya - Canadian Intermediate Mathematics Contest
Aryan Arora - Canadian Senior Mathematics Contest
Siddharth Jain - Canadian Senior Mathematics Contest
Neil Maheshwari - Canadian Senior Mathematics Contest