Since Rhoades moved to distance learning in mid-March, four of our advanced Lower School math classes have participated in an online competition known as Math Madness. They competed against other schools all around the country (and one team in Russia) in answering a weekly array of challenging problems using the Aretelabs platform. Tensions were high as each team advanced every week through the competition. The Rhoades Ramblers (Ms. Osborn’s and Ms. Belzunce’s math classes) made it to the final round of 16 competitors, and The Rhoades Rumblers (Ms. Bose’s and Mr. Ruppert’s math classes) made it to the final eight.
Even after the competition ended, these young mathematicians had been bitten by the problem-solving bug and have continued facing challenges in number theory, geometry, and early algebra, competing in intramural team problem solving matches every week, using content provided by MS math teacher Mrs. Swayze.
This is just one more way our students and teachers have worked to maintain growth and have fun with distance learning.