On Saturday 9th February, seven Key Stage 3 students of The British School of Barcelona woke up early to head to the American School of Barcelona to compete against four other local schools in our first MATHCOUNTS Chapter competition. Ms Sparkes and Ms Outram had worked with the students during lessons and societies to prepare them for some of the problem-solving-style questions they were likely to encounter.
There were two individual rounds, as well as a team round and some of the questions were really tricky! As well as having to apply all their maths knowledge, students of The British School had the added difficulty of having to interpret the American English used in the questions. For example, did you know that surds are called radicals in American schools?
Although we didn’t win this time, we had a good day out, testing our maths skills in a different way and enjoying the challenge. We will be back next year for the rematch!
About MATHCOUNTS Competition Series
MATHCOUNTS is a national programme that provides students in Years 7-9 the opportunity to compete in live, in-person contests against and alongside their peers.
The competition is comprised of 4 rounds (Sprint, Target, Team and Countdown Round) each focusing on different aspects: speed, accuracy; problem-solving, mathematical reasoning and collaboration (with or without a calculator).