A total of 25 schools with 150 students participated in this prestigious and fun event. The competition itself consisted of three parts: an individual round, a team round and a buddy-team round. In the Buddy team round each student is paired with 5 other students all from different schools. They had to solve long challenging Mathematical problems during the three days and complete a Math trail through Orient Land in West Shanghai. In the Technological challenge, the teams had to build the tallest possible structure with the ability to carry two 500g pieces a set distance apart using just paper, tape and string. They also had to construct a glider that was able to come out of a nose dive and flew the longest possible distance.
In the team competition, each school had 6 students competing in 2 teams. They had to attempt to answer 12 very challenging Mathematical problems within one hour. They then had a Pass Back Round where all three group members had to submit part of the final answer and lastly an energizer round, where speed counted to get the most correct answers within an hour.
There was a winner for each individual event, an overall school winner for each part of the event and an overall winner of the competition.
Our students did very well in the overall winner competition, which showed that they are excellent team players with strong mathematical skills. Both our teams qualified in the top fifteen. Team 1 with Brian Kim, Harvey Yuen and Jinheon Choi just missed third place by 4 points and came in fourth. Team 2 with Kaiwen Yeoh, Sungjin Kim and Josh Kwak obtained a very good fifteenth place out of 50 teams – well done both teams!
In the pass back round, which is considered the most difficult one because the team is only as good as the weakest link, our team 1 with Brian Kim, Harvey Yuen and Jinheon Choi came in third and won a trophy for their excellent work. Team 2 with Kaiwen Yeoh, Sungjin Kim and Josh Kwak came in twenty-first out of 50 teams. Great success for all.
A special mention goes to Kelly Kim from Year 12 who helped training the team and run the team selection this year. Well done with a great result from this year NEAMC competition and lots of promise for the next NEAMC competition in 2017 in Tokyo!
Corinna Graham, NEAMC Coordinator