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BISS Puxi Mathematicians Travel to Nanjing

Last weekend six of our Mathematics students from Years 7 to 10 were very excited to have the opportunity to participate in the inaugural event of the annual North East Asian Mathematics Competition (NEAMC), which was held in Nanjing from 27 February to 1 March.

The NEAMC is a mathematics competition with a difference. It brings together students from schools all over North East Asia to have fun solving complex problems as well as having the opportunity to meet and interact with students from diverse backgrounds and cultures. 

BISS Puxi sent two teams of three students for a rigorous two days of mathematical challenges and fun activities (yes, maths can be fun!). The competition included individual rounds, team rounds, presentations by two guest mathematicians, team challenges, and an outdoor Maths Trail at Xuanwu Lake Park in Nanjing.

While there exists a healthy competitive spirit, the emphasis is on providing students with opportunities to build friendships with peers from other schools.  Schools from China, Bangladesh, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, and Korea participated in Nanjing.

The event started on Thursday evening with an “icebreaker” activity where students had to find their buddy team composed of 6 peers, all from different schools. These groups stayed together for the Math’s Trail and the Long Question competition.

On Friday morning the individual round was followed by a team “Pass Back” round where all three team members are individually involved in answering parts of a three-piece question.

After lunch the buddy groups set out to follow a Maths trail around Xuanwu Lake Park. The park, which is made up of a lake with several islands, is filled with buildings and statues which form geometrical shapes. These were the subjects of the problems to be solved by the teams as they ran around the trail.

Friday evening concluded with a cruise along Nanjing’s City walls on the Qianhuai River a buffet dinner, and a martial arts demonstration by Shaolin practitioners who demonstrated, two finger press-ups and the use of Nunchaku.

Saturday continued at Nanjing International School with an individual round and a team round, followed by the some fun team challenges including creating an aerodynamically sound paper model and an energiser challenge where speed and fast thinking counted, as much as mathematical knowledge.

The evening ended with a Gala dinner at the Crowne Plaza, Jiangning with all the students dressed up in evening gowns and suits to celebrate the winning teams. 

Corinna smith who led the trip said:
"It’s wonderful, students make new friends and it makes them feel part of a global community of young people who get excited by maths and competing in maths."

Our Results

Kelly Kim in Year 10 came 2nd out of 90 in the individual competition so deserves a special mention.

The BISS Puxi team came first in the energiser round, proving we are not only smart, but fast as well!

Congratulations to all students on the BISS Puxi teams on a very successful trip!

Kelly Kim, Year 10
Brian Kim, Year 8
Matthew Shih, Year 8
Kai Emanuele Richelmy, Year 7
Kei Wen Yeoh, Year 7
Har Vey Yuen, Year 7

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