LA Math Field Day - A Math Enrichment Activity | by Areteem and LACOE
In Association with Areteem Institute
A Contest to Demonstrate Knowledge of Math
Through Competition and Celebration
Be on the lookout for Math Field Day Workshop for 2019!
In partnership with Areteem Institute, Los Angeles County Office of Education - LACOE’s Math Field Day is designed as a math enrichment activity to promote mathematical reasoning, teamwork and a balanced mathematics curriculum for all students in upper elementary school, middle school and high school. Participation allows students to demonstrate their math skills through competition in the following elements: computational and procedural skill, conceptual understanding and problem solving. It is open to 4-person teams from schools in Los Angeles County.
Areteem Institute is an educational institution that develops and provides in-depth and advanced math and science programs for High School, Middle School and Elementary School students and teachers. Areteem programs are ideal for students who wish to win in mathematics competitions (AMC, AIME, USAMO, IMO, ARML, MathCounts, Math Leagues, Math Olympiad, ZIML, etc.), and Physics Olympiad, or purely want to enrich their academic lives by taking math challenges and developing outstanding analytical, logical thinking and creative problem solving skills.
The Math Field Day competition categories are:
Students from 4th Grade to 8th Grade make up the main students; this year also 3 High School levels, Math 1, Math 2, and Math 3 will be added.
For each Grade, there are three components:
(1) Conceptual Understanding,
(2) Problem Solving,
(3) Computational/Procedural Skills.
For (3), it is done individually by each member of the team, with 10 multiple choice questions. Sometimes the questions will have multiple answers, mimicking what students will see in standardized tests.
For (1) + (2), these are called "Tasks". Each is done as a team, with one big "problem" broken into 4 parts. The parts are growing in difficulty, worth respectively 1, 2, 3, and 4 points (for 10 total). Teams are also graded on their teamwork for these tasks.
Awards are given to teams for each category (per grade) and also for overall scores for each grade. All the material is based on state and national standards.
Conceptual Understanding is a lot about showing work and explanations, how do we know 1/4 + 1/4 = 1/2? What types of diagrams, can we use, etc. Problem Solving is mostly applying knowledge to real world scenarios.
The STEM Festival is an after-competition celebration where each grade level experiences a fun activity that is STEM based even though it does not have to be math intensive.
Examples from past STEM festivals by grade level:
4th Grade: Robotics; Environmental Photography
5th Grade: Molecular Gastronomy
6th Grade: Computer Programming; Video Game Production; Flight Simulations
7th and 8th Grade: Neuroscience; Chemistry; Programming
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