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    Middle School student take part in 2021 Math Quest competition

    Middle school students from across Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) participated in Math Quest in November. Hosted by Lake Ridge Middle School, the event challenged students to solve algebraic, geometric, statistical, and probability questions.

    While practicing their math skills, students also practiced teamwork. Math Quest is a holistic event that encompasses critical thinking, creativity, communication, collaboration, and citizenship.

    "The Math Quest benefits students by providing opportunities to collaborate and communicate as a team from different schools," said Kristin Rojas, PWCS professional development specialist for secondary mathematics. "Students use the five mathematics process goals from the Virginia Department of Education, which include representations, communication, mathematical reasoning, connections, and problem-solving."

    Students from Gar-Field and Potomac High Schools supported the event by teaching middle school students problem-solving strategies, working as coaches to encourage students as they worked on math problems, and helping as runners to ensure that the event was a success.

    Congratulations to the all of the Math Quest winners, listed below.

    In addition, all middle school students were invited to participate in the PWCS Math Quest Individual Challenge, which allowed students to showcase their problem-solving skills with practical problems. Students had to submit a response to a problem by mid-December.

    The Math Quest Committee selected the top three students. Scores were based on the practical problems depending on how well the student:

    • Can explain their reasoning;
    • Show an understanding of the mathematics in an organized manner;
    • Use tables, graphs, or diagrams in the explanation;
    • Show the solution in more than one way or relate it to other situations; and
    • Extend beyond the requirements of the problem.

    Congratulations to the winners of the 2021 Math Quest Individual Challenge.

    • Kobimtochi Odo, Ronald Wilson Reagan Middle School
    • Olivia Mancha, Marsteller Middle School
    • Alyssa Haley, Marsteller Middle School