Over 800 Mason Intermediate fifth graders recently competed in the third annual 24-Challenge Mathematics Contest. Team winners included: Dakshin Devan (Team Character), Ian Lamm and David Zhang (Team Imagination), Katie Griffin and Keith Nueberger (Team Infinity), Savannah Spack (Team Tenacity), and Eddie Kong (Team Velocity),
David Zhang was the overall winner of the competition and Ian Lamm was 2nd.
During the event, a card is presented to students with four single-digit numbers. Students must take the four numbers and use addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division to make the number 24 as quickly as they can. Students play three rounds, and the top finishers compete in semi-final and final rounds for top honors. The game reinforces the importance of "order of operations" - which is the first unit in fifth grade math.
Michelle Hugenberg, Team Infinity math teacher, organizes the event each year. She started the event because she wanted students to have a place to show off their math skills.
"I loved watching the students root and cheer on their teammates and more importantly support them when they didn't win! Their peers were amazed at how quickly they could solve each puzzle and applauded them throughout! It was an excellent competition to show both academic and character success," said Hugenberg.