Students competed in an individual competition, team work competition, team building competition, and hands-on fun activities. Each child received a Mathapalooza t-shirt and was eligible for awards throughout the day. The students, teachers, and parents alike loved all aspects of the competition.
The schools were grouped into six colors and rotated through the different sections of the competition. The red, blue and green teams competed against each other for math dominance while teams lemon, lime, and orange fought for supreme math masters.
We are very proud of our competition that developed out of a deep love of math. Mathapalooza started at Endhaven Elementary School three years ago with 11 schools and 120 students. Last year at Irwin Academic Center the contest grew to 22 schools 250 students. This year, to have 500 students was amazing! We are hopeful we will continue to grow next year and invite all CMS elementary schools to participate.
Our goal is to celebrate math, provide students with multiple opportunities to showcase their mathematical knowledge, and emphasize team work skills. If your school was not represented this year and you want to join us next year, please let us know. We would love to have every CMS school represented and make Mathapalooza the biggest and best CMS math competition for younger math enthusiasts!
Check out some photos of this year's event below!
Karen Greco is currently the Talent Development Teacher at Endhaven Elementary School and works with gifted and high-ability students in Kindergarten through Fifth Grade. This is Karen's 17th year teaching in CMS and her 10th year in the Talent Development department. Karen is a National Board Certified Teacher and has obtained her Academically Intellectually Gifted license, as well. She is also the founder of Mathapalooza, a fun math competition run for third graders in CMS with the help of her fellow peers in the TD department.