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RU Maths Experience 2014

Date Released: Thu, 9 October 2014 08:57 +0200

On Friday 21 February 2014 the third annual ‘Rhodes University Mathematics Experience’ took place in the Barratt Lecture complex of Rhodes University. Around 270 learners from almost every school in the Grahamstown District spent an 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 talk by Dr Martin Weigt from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University who entertained and inspired the learners while the teachers marked the papers.  The afternoon ended with a prize giving ceremony in which Dr Ken Ngcoza and Prof Ric Bernard, Dean of Science at Rhodes, awarded the prizes which included three full scholarships for study at Rhodes. A prestigious new prize this year was the award of a trip to the SANSA Space Science facility in Hermanus.  

The event, which is fast gaining a reputation in mathematics education circles (it is being replicated at centres throughout the country) was organised by a group of enthusiastic Rhodes academics and 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 wholly sponsored by Rhodes University this year, with logistical support from the FRF Mathematics Chair.
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.    

Results of the 2014 RU Mathematics Experience competition are as follows:
    Grade 7- 8:          

    1st    Sebastian Paton    St Andrew’s College
    2nd   Sally-Anne Allsop    Diocesan School for Girls
    3rd    Daniel Erasmus      St Andrew’s College         
    Grades 9 & 10       

    Tie 1st    Nicholas Kroon       St Andrew’s College
                   Teigan Zoutendyk  Diocesan School for Girls     

    Tie2nd   Nick Murray             St Andrew’s College
                  Kai Mason              St Andrew’s College
    Grades 11 & 12       

    1st     Timothy Mountford       St Andrew’s College
    2nd    Benjamin Stijkel           St Andrew’s College
    3rd    Nicholas Wilkinson       St Andrew’s College

    Rhodes Bursary prizes: Benjamin Stijkel, Nicholas Wilkinson, Sarah Purchase.

    SANSA Prize: Imivuyo Ranuga (Mary Waters), Ntombizanele Booi (TEM Mrwetyana).

    Top learners in each of the participating schools:
    Alexandria High School                        Riquelina Plaatjies
    Archie Mbolekwa                                 Sandisiwe Selunathi
    Diocesan School for Girls                     Teigan Zoutendyk
    Graeme College                                  Asher Pearse
    Graeme Primary                                  Lutya Mhlali
    Ikamva Lesizwe Public School             Tariro Sithole and Nokuthula Sineli
    Khutliso Daniels Secondary School     Athenkosi Mtana
    Kingswood Junior                               Tariq Rouhani
    Mary Waters Secondary School          VuyolwethuZumani
    Nathaniel Nyaluza                              Asikelewe Nakele
    Nompucuko Combined School            Malibongwe Mamba and Gmanda Xhaliphi
    Ntaba Maria                                       Siyabulele Sandi   
    Ntsika Secondary School                    Sikelela Nxumalo
    St Andrew’s College                           Nicholas Kroon
    TEM Mrwetyana                                  Ntombizanele Booi
    Velile Secondary School                      Sinazo Raco
    Victoria Girls High School                    Sumaiya Vawda
    Victoria Primary                                   Emma Roch

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:Maths Ed Chair News