This past Saturday, eight seventh- and eighth-graders from Manhattan Country School's math team attended the Manhattan-wide Mathcounts competition at Stuyvesant High School. Some highlights of the day included rooms abuzz with the sounds of collaborative problem solving and a math talk in which we learned that tearing a sheet of newsprint in half, stacking the two sheets together and repeating the process 52 times would result in a stack so tall that it would stretch past the sun!
Each winter, the MCS math team convenes on Thursday afternoons to engage in fun activities that build our mathematical thinking. Meetings are open to all students in sixth through eighth grade and alternate between hands-on activities, riveting games of SET and Ricochet Robots, and non-routine problem sets from past Mathcounts and Momathlon competitions. Our season ends just in time for Model Congress meetings to take over our Thursday time slot. Interested students have the option of attending the Manhattan-wide MathCounts competition in February and the Manhattan Momathlon competition later in the spring.