Last Thursday, 25th of February, six dedicated students left to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to compete in the 2016 SEAMC competition.
SEAMC is a mathematics competition for schools located in South East Asia. The competition is open to students 15 years of age and younger.
Team Cosine Kings consisting of Jin Ho Kim, Tom Lee and Chae Won Oh and Team Pythagorean Pirates consisting of Hieu Pham, Cedric Chua and Dana Kim. We all left to Kuala Lumpur where the three days of maths were waiting for our arrival. The first event that welcomed us was the ice breakers. During this event, we had to find our ‘buddy teams’ and participate in events such as building the tallest newspaper tower, solving a puzzle and doing a quiz. This event was certainly a challenging one getting everyone to know each other!
Chae Won Oh
On Friday, we took part in the challenging individual round A where we were given 60 minutes to solve 25 questions where we had to average 2 minutes per question, followed by the demanding pass back round which was a domino-style round. In the afternoon, we were put into our buddy teams for the maths trail where we were tasked to crack 10 codes and participate in challenges that combined both physical and mental power. In the evening, we were treated to a delicious buffet dinner at the Cyberview Hotel.
After breakfast at the hotel on Saturday morning, we departed for Garden International School for the second day of competition. Soon as we got there, we did Individual B paper which was an hour of intense brain usage. After individual rounds, we proceeded to the team round where we had to solve questions that appeared on the large screen. Despite the worries, our team performed really well. After the team round, things got a bit physical; it was the energizer round where we had to run around to submit our answers. It was really tiring and to ease our brain and body the next activity was completing fun tasks with the buddy team. After all this, we went to the formal Gala dinner for prize-giving and at the prize-giving, our team mate Jin HO Kim got a trophy for being in the top ten for individual. We made new friends that share the same interest as us and it was a night to remember.
Both teams performed really well under intense pressure. The Cosine Kings managed to finish 7th and The Pythagorean Pirates finished a creditable 50th place out of 80 teams.
We will now start looking ahead to SEAMC 2017 in Jakarta. If you are currently in Years 7, 8 or 9, I hope you will try out for a place on the team in September!
Mr Sillitoe | Maths Teacher