Sleepy Eye Public School students participated in the regional Math Masters of Minnesota Challenge at Worthington Middle School on Saturday, March 9.
The team advisor and coach is Mr. Tim Hoffmann, a fifth grade teacher at Sleepy Eye Elementary School. Students competed individually and as teams on eight sets of mathematical problems in this competition. Natasha Neville was the team’s top problem solver and Nathan Walter did the best in the fact drill. The students competed with 60 students from around the area.
Math Masters of Minnesota began as a fifth grade math competition program in 1989, with teams from 44 schools taking part. In 1995, the competition was expanded to include sixth graders and this year there are approximately 5,000 fifth and sixth graders registered to compete.
Schools are encouraged to involve as many of their fifth and sixth grade students as possible in the use of the Math Masters packet of challenge preparation materials.
A team selection test is provided to assist coaches in choosing students to represent their schools. Math Masters is designed to promote excellence in critical thinking skills and problem solving abilities as well as provide recognition to students for academic effort and achievement.