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Rhodes University Mathematics Experience 2017

Date Released: Thu, 23 February 2017 08:57 +0200

On Friday 17 February 2017 the Barratt Lecture complex of Rhodes University was the scene of the sixth annual ‘Rhodes University Mathematics Experience’ (RUME). Around 275 learners from 17 schools in the Grahamstown District spent a busy afternoon solving mathematics problems and engaging in ‘serious fun’. The afternoon kicked off with a 20-Question maths competition requiring ‘out of the box’ rather than conventional thinking. This was followed by a discussion on mathematical problem solving by Mr Andrew Stevens of the Rhodes Education Department. While the learners were being ‘edutained’, a large contingent of their teachers was busy marking their competition papers. The afternoon ended with a prize giving ceremony in which Prof Mellony Graven awarded the prizes which included three full scholarships for further study at Rhodes University.

The event, which has an established reputation in mathematics education circles was organised by Mr Andrew Stevens (RU Education Department) and Mrs Joyce Sewry (Deputy Dean of Science Faculty), supported by a group of enthusiastic local teachers who feel that the mathematical talent of local learners needs to be stimulated. This is in line with recent policy shifts which have identified the need to improve the quality of the mathematics education in our schools. The event was sponsored by Seartec, the distributors of Sharp calculators and Rhodes University. The event forms part of the Vice Chancellor’s initiative to improve the education opportunities of learners in the Grahamstown District.

At the closing ceremony, the chair of the organising committee, Mr Andrew Stevens, explained that one of the main purposes of the event is to identify hidden talent amongst local learners and to continue to develop this talent through a structured programme in the coming months as part of the ‘Siyanqoba’ initiative of the SA Mathematics Foundation. Learners are invited to attend weekly problem-solving sessions at the RU Education Dept on Friday afternoons to help them become better problem solvers and to assist them in mathematical competitions such as the SA Mathematical Olympiad.

Results of the 2017 RU Mathematics Experience competition are as follows:

Grade 7- 8:

1st Erin Powers (Diocesan School for Girls)
2nd Ruby Graven-Dugmore (Diocesan School for Girls)
3rd Savannah Coventry (Diocesan School for Girls)

Grades 9 & 10:

1st Keanan Johns (Alexander Road)
2nd Alexander Pezarro (St Andrew’s College)
3rd Emma Koch (Victoria Girls High School)

Grades 11 & 12:

1st Chadleigh Ownhouse (Alexander Road)
2nd Tashin Patrick (Graeme College)
3rd Thomas Stott (Kingswood College)

Rhodes University Bursary prizes:

Chadleigh Ownhouse, Tashin Patrick and Thomas Stott.

School Prizes:

Alexandria HS - Lisakhanya Ngxishe
GADRA - Thulisile Makhabeni
Graeme - Thabo Chikiwa
Grahamstown Adventist Primary - Caleb Mandebua
Khutliso Daniels - Aphelele Tulwana
Kingswood Junior - Tamryn Brown
Kuyasa Combined School - Lisakhanya Mazomba & Linda Ceza 
Mary Waters - Sivenathi Duma
Nathaniel Nyaluza - Sanele Dama
Nombulelo Secondary - Khaya Sabani
Ntaba Maria - Retshidisitswe Lesora
Ntsika Secondary - Zandile Valela
PJOlivier - Carla Odendaal & Jaime Brisley
St Andrews Prep - Daniel Cotton
Victoria Primary - Nana Abebreseh

For further information about the event, please contact the Chairman of the organising committee, Mr Andrew Stevens of the Education Department, Rhodes University. Telephone 046 603 8610 or e-mail on A.Stevens@ru.ac.za

Source:Grocott's Mail