On Saturday, May 7th, 20 students from the BSGE Middle School Math Club went to compete in the New York Pi5 Math Competition, led by Mr. Mehan. The competition is a publicly held event open to students from grades 6 through 8 in any of the 5 boroughs. This year, the competition was held at The Armory (at 168th Street) in Manhattan.
Students formed four teams of five, working together to solve math problems of varying levels of difficulty to earn points. The more difficult the questions were, the more points those questions were worth. The point values ranged from 100 to 500 points. There was a total of 45 minutes per team to answer as many questions as possible. “The quicker and more accurately you answer, the better the chance you have of advancing in the competition,” said Christie Choi ‘20, who represented BSGE at the event.
Teams had to work efficiently in answering questions and communicating with each other. “For our team, we were all comfortable with each other, so it felt easier to work together, and teamwork helped us a lot,” said Christy Guan ‘20, who also attended the competition. One of BSGE’s 8th grade teams came in 3rd place in the overall competition!
Members of the winning eighth grade team were Rachael Cheung, Christy Choi, Christy Guan, Chloe Pan, and Jasmine Shum. Also representing BSGE was another eighth grade team and 2 seventh grade teams. BSGE is proud of how well the teams competed, and is also ecstatic that all of the students who attended had fun.