Bridgeport’s Multi-Cultural School knows math

BRIDGEPORT — More than 100 students from 22 city schools spent 30 minutes hunched in silence Monday, the only sound pencil tips flying across paper as they competed during the individual round of the fourth annual Elementary Math Tournament on Monday.

An hour later, they worked as teams on a new set of problems.

In the end, however, the results were the same: Multicultural Magnet School came out on top. The school scored in first place for individual, team and overall scores, said Ron Rapice, a district teacher who organizes the event each year. Abram, Goda, 11, a sixth-grader at Multicultural was the top individual winner.

This was Goda’s second time in the competition, but he said he felt no pressure.

Teammate Pedro Maia, 11, another Multicultural sixth grader, said the test actually seems easier this year. “Except for number 6. That gave me a problem,” he said.

The event has grown each year. Each school put fourth it’s five best  fourth- through sixth-graders in a battle of mathematical prowess in the student center at the University of Bridgeport.

Rapice, a teacher for the gifted, currently assigned to Wilbur Cross, said the idea is to help students see math in a different light. Most of the questions are word problems that involve general math or pre-algebra, and a little geometry.

Some, like Jerri Baudisch’s students from Tisdale, wore matching t-shirts and left the school Monday morning feeling like heroes, said Baudisch.

Others said they hoped the contest would be good preparation for a district-wide exam that is being given for the rest of this week in math and reading.

“We did a little bit of practice, but not much. Maybe four half hours in the afternoon to give them a feel for the set up and the rules. Most of them come nervous,” said Baudisch.

Wilnar Agramonte, 13, a Cross sixth grader helping out at the event said he likes everything about math.

“I like the numbers, adding and subtracting, multiplying and dividing. It comes easy, sometimes,” he said.

Here are a few examples of the questions (no peaking!):

1. What is the missing number? 6+6+6+6+6+6+6+6 = __ times 3.

2. What is the greatest 2-digit multiple of 4?

3. Suppose three days before tomorrow was Wednesday. What day of the week will it be 10 days from today?

4. The product of 7 and 2 is divided by the whole number difference of 7 and 2. What is the remainder?

5. Emily has three times as many dimes as quarters and no other coines. If the total of these coins is $3.85, how many quarters does she have?

6. How many different amounts can be formed from 4 pennies, 3 nickels, 2 dimes and 1 quarter using at least one coin?

1) 16;

2) 96;

3) Monday;

4) 4;

5) 7;

6) 64

Linda Lambeck