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BSB Mathematicians enjoyed AMC 8 Winter Camp

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The BSB Mathematics Department has organised the American Mathematics Competition 8 (AMC 8) Preparation Winter Camp on 20 – 29 December 2021 and there were 25 students who participated in this camp.

The AMC 8 is a 25-question, 40-minute, multiple choice mathematics examination for lower secondary students. It is designed to promote the development of problem-solving skills and foster positive attitudes towards analytical thinking and mathematics that can assist in the students’ education and future careers. Students apply classroom skills to unique problem-solving challenges in a low-stress and friendly environment.

AMC Poster

We believe that Mathematics Competitions are not solely about winning but rather, every student should have the opportunity to participate and enjoy competitions where the process of preparation will help the student widen her/his horizons. The enjoyment and growth of our students throughout the process are our intentions for organising such competitions, although winning a prize will be part of the incentive too.

AMC preparation sessions has 3 stages: the Preliminary, Intensive and Test-Mode stages. For this Winter camp, we focused on the Intensive stage which has two sessions (Advance and Regular) with different targets.

  • The ‘Advance’ session was designed to encounter Medium to Challenging questions while getting more familiar with the test setting.
  • The ‘Regular’ session spent more time (80% of the time) focusing on the Easy to Medium problems.
  • A few subtopics were briefly introduced such as Number Theory, Algebra/Word Problems, Geometry, Probability, Combinatory, Sequences and Series.
  • The students had not only learned how to solve competition problems, but had also strengthened their knowledge and skills in problem-solving and critical thinking.

During the limited time of this camp, our students had already shown improvements mostly in improving their ‘overall percentile’ corresponding to the AMC 8 past years’ world data.

The AMC 8 will serve as the ‘pilot’ for future Mathematics events where for the long term, a more structured International Mathematics Competition/event will be formed to further encourage our students to become more interested in challenging themselves through various international contests.

Jet Chaw

Mathematics and Economics Teacher

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American Mathematics Competitions (AMC) Invitation Letter – Y7, Y8 and Y9 students