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The 3rd Annual Detroit Public Schools’ Mathematics Bee was held at Detroit School of Arts on Saturday, March 28. The Mathematics Bee was organized to instill and encourage a love for mathematics in aspiring young scholars. This event was comprised of two divisions: first and second graders and third-fifth graders from 44 schools.
The bee was sponsored by the Office of Mathematics Education under the leadership of Irene Nordé, Ph.D., Executive Director. During her greetings to the participants Dr. Nordé reminded the students that, “You are already winners!” Proud parents responded with applause and gave a huge shout-out to their children at the start of the competition.
The morning division began with 85 first and second graders. There were tense moments in the audience as each participants was given 6 seconds in the first round, 4 seconds in the second round, and then 2 seconds in the third round to complete an addition or subtraction problem.
The afternoon division was held in the same fashion with 84 students in third through fifth grades. Initially, students answered one-step multiplication and division problems. They were given 5 seconds in the first round, 3 seconds in the second round, and then 2 seconds in the third round to respond. The problems in round 4 were slightly more difficult as they included an additional step.
Morning Bee – Addition and Subtraction Competition
First Place – Zoie Franklin, second grade, Bates Academy
Second Place – Jonathan Lopez, second grade, Priest Elementary-Middle School
Third Place – Mahammed Hasib, second grade, Davison Elementary-Middle School
Afternoon Bee – Multiplication and Division Competition
First Place – Dallas Lucy, fifth grade, Bates Academy
Second Place – Kenedi Cain, fifth grade, Ronald Brown Academy
Third Place – Anthony Hunt, fifth grade, Paul Robeson / Malcolm X Academy
The first place winner received an individual trophy and a $25 gift card, as well as a trophy for their school to remain on display.
Parents, students, educators and other staff thoroughly enjoyed the event. Every participant walked away with a Certificate of Participation and a gift bag, but the most important benefit was the exposure. The first, second and third place winners went home with trophies, gift cards and a heightened level of confidence in their mathematical abilities. Students can now get ‘busy as bees’ in preparation for next year’s competition!
Submitted by: Rita R. Barksdale
Photos by: Harold Harris Photography